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Time for Glenwood to get Highway 82 money

Dear Editor,

As far as the City of Glenwood Springs is concerned, the most important issue in Tuesday’s election was the vote in Aspen to choose which of two state Highway 82 entrances into town should be used. City and county voters vetoed the CDOT plan for a more direct route into Main Street crossing over the Marolt open space land.

This essentially sets the entrance to Aspen project back several years since more hearings and additional studies will be required, and, at least, a supplement to the EIS will have to be produced. The need for $72 million in CDOT’s long-range program for state Highway 82 is essentially set aside.

Now is the time for city leaders to use this opportunity to move the relocation of state Highway 82 through Glenwood Springs higher on the priority list for future CDOT funding. Only a realistic and wholly supported request will be looked upon with favor. Asking for the highway in a tunnel or that the main interchange be moved out to West Glenwood will diminish the City’s chances drastically.

Dick Prosence

Phoenix, Ariz.

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