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Wing street closure would be a mistake

Dear Editor,

With respect to the conceptual design proposing the closure of the east side wing street between 7th and 8th below the Grand Avenue Bridge, we would like to raise concerns. The proposed closure has potential for significant negative impact on a number of people other than businesses.

Safety is the principal concern. Response by police, fire and ambulance will be significantly compromised with the addition of barriers and obstacles associated with the construction of a pedestrian mall. The restricted egress of the alley for larger vehicles off loading products for businesses will increase threat to pedestrians and vehicles on Cooper Street.

Parking continues to be a major problem. This is documented as a concern by the city and the Downtown Development Authority. The closure of the east side wing street will eliminate eight more parking places. Pressure will be placed on 8th, Cooper and Colorado Streets; this proposal aggravates the parking situation.

Congestion on Grand Avenue is awful. The closure will worse it. The closure will eliminate access to 7th Street, the alternate route and 1-70.

The concept of a pedestrian mall under the Grand Avenue Bridge is a demonstrated failure. The existing mall is loud and dirty thanks to the ever increasing volume of cars going over the Grand Avenue Bridge. The maintenance of the area is sub-standard. There have been no meaningful business-enhancing activities. There have been noisy itinerant panhandling street musicians and public intoxicants for our customers’ entertainment.

What effect will the D.D.A board vote have on whether to approve the concept of closing the street and making it a pedestrian area? I would like to see the sources and uses of funds for the project.

Tony Rosa

Glenwood Springs

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