27th Street bridge input meeting set
Glenwood Springs will hold a community meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, to discuss alternatives for the replacement of the 27th Street bridge.
The presentation will include an overview of the project background, design alternatives and potential community impacts. Following the presentation, time will be provided for the city and design consultant, AMEC Foster Wheeler, to receive written questions from the community.
AMEC Foster Wheeler initially analyzed 21 possible alignments for the bridge replacement with both roundabout and signaled intersections at 27th and South Grand Avenue. Analysis and meetings with adjacent property owners and the Colorado Department of Transportation identified four viable alternatives for the alignment. One of the alignments ultimately was eliminated due to cost concerns and the potential impact on neighbors.
Plans of the three remaining alternatives are available online at http://www.cogs.us/27thStreetBridge and in the Engineering Department upon request. To view the plans, email Assistant City Engineer Jessica Bowser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments will be accepted at the meeting, and emailed questions will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 18. City Council will review the community comments and recommendation from the Transportation Commission at the Dec. 1 City Council Meeting.
Completion of the design and environmental process to replace the 27th Street bridge is anticipated in 2017. The approved 2017 budget includes $1,202,854 in funding for the project, of which $620,828 is Federal Highway Administration off-system bridge funding.
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