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Pedestrian, cyclist safety must be addressed at main I-70 exit

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation is set to begin a huge construction project at the main Glenwood Springs Interstate 70 exit next month.

This will be a long, arduous project that will undoubtedly leave motorists extremely frustrated.

But it will be a major improvement to the exit and, hopefully, will ease traffic congestion in the area.

However, a recent letter from the city of Glenwood Springs and an explanation from CDOT leaves us with some big-time concerns.

There seems to be some unresolved issues concerning the proposed pedestrian improvements that will be part of the project.

One thing is certain – this issue must be addressed and resolved, and the solution must be a good one. The foot and bicycle traffic in that area is very high. Two Rivers Park has numerous events that draw large numbers of people. The path is also a popular connection linking the Rio Grande Trail to the Hot Springs Pool and other amenities in the interchange area.

There must be a solid solution addressing the pedestrian needs prior to this project launching. Pedestrian safety in a high-traffic area is paramount.

CDOT has expressed concerns that changes to the plan at this late stage might be difficult.

It doesn’t matter how difficult, if changes are needed to make pedestrians and cyclists as safe as possible, then changes or alterations to the plan must be made.

We understand that these types of projects are on a timetable and changes will possibly impact the cost. Once again, this is a situation that must be addressed before the project gets under way.

Otherwise, pedestrian and cyclist safety will be compromised, and safety should always be a non-negotiable part of any project.

Changes in the planning stage are better than alterations after it’s completed.

We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the CDOT plan. We just hope that whatever is decided going forward that it’s the best possible solution.

The city and county need to get together immediately. Find a solution and get it done.

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