Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
When the Access Control Plan was presented to the Glenwood Springs Transportation Commission in September, a clear-cut message was delivered by the planners.
With this plan, the community of Glenwood Springs has the opportunity to decide what its values are:
1. Is it important to the city to have and maintain a community? Shall citizens and visitors be able to drive on their own main street and walk through their own community, even if it means there will be vehicular congestion?
2. Mitigate traffic congestion by keeping Glenwood residents and visitors off of Grand Avenue and simply put Glenwood vehicles onto Glenwood side streets. Moving huge amounts of traffic onto Cooper, Blake, Colorado, Eighth, Ninth, 10th and 11th will mean many residents and businesses will see their property values significantly decline in order to minimalize local access onto Grand Avenue / Highway 82.
The Access Control Plan does not have to be implemented. It can be rejected by the city. It should be rejected, because the impacts to the community are too severe.
The Post Independent reported on City Council’s workshop considering the Access Control Plan; council mainly discussed the details of that plan.
The main concern should have been that the plan as a whole is an impediment to both the quality of life in the Glenwood Springs community and the circulation that is needed to make Glenwood a liveable and viable community.
If CDOT feels that there are too many cars on Grand Avenue/Highway 82, then CDOT needs to actively plan building an alternate Highway 82, instead of spending $58 million on a bridge that takes out two local businesses and does nothing to solve Glenwood’s traffic problems.
I wanted to clarify a few statements made by John Haines in his Sept. 26 letter. Mr. Haines suggests that an upcoming project to replace the signal at Sixth and Laurel would be replaced in two years with the Grand Avenue Bridge project.
First, intersection reconfiguration has yet to be determined for the bridge project, and if Alternative 3 does in fact move forward as the preferred alternative, improvements at this intersection will not happen until the end of the project – four or five years down the road.
The current outdated span-wire signal (which was recently damaged for the second time in two years by a semi-truck) needs replacement now.
Also, Mr. Haines stated that this signal project will cost “well over $1 million.” It is unclear where that figure came from, but the total project cost is actually less than $500,000.
After the Sept. 10 semi hit, CDOT set up temporary signals. This is a short-term solution, and that temporary signal must be freed up to provide emergency solutions in other areas.
The signal replacement project was recently advertised to contractors, and the project will not only provide a necessary upgrade but also fix a persistent problem of damage to this signal.
Also, should this intersection be reconfigured in the coming years, most of the pieces of the new signal will be salvaged for use at other locations, including this very intersection.
As for Mr. Haines’ comments relating to the Grand Avenue Bridge project, I would encourage anyone with questions or comments to please contact us. So many in the Glenwood community have been involved in the extensive public involvement and project planning process. Take a look at http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/sh82grandavenuebridge
Nancy Shanks, public relations
Colorado Department of Transportation
There are many reasons why we need to re-elect John Martin and Mike Samson as Garfield County commissioners. Being a senior citizen, I appreciate their continuing support of Garfield County seniors. When the state of Colorado discontinued the Homestead Exemption on the primary home for seniors, Mr. Martin proposed a one-time payment to those affected, and Mr. Samson agreed to the proposal. For many, this money help was an answer to “Will I be able to buy medicine or food this month?” The good management of the county funds made this payment possible.
This good management also makes it possible for the county to assist in the funding of The Traveler transportation program for senior citizens and disabled residents. They are also able to assist in providing senior meals throughout the county, from Battlement Mesa/Parachute to Carbondale and all the towns and cities between. I am sure senior voters, along with many others, are appreciative of their management of our tax dollars. It is a strange concept called a budget.
I am a native of Garfield County so I have experienced the boom and bust from the many changes of the economy. My parent’s advice to me was, “Don’t spend what you don’t have and always save for that rainy day.” Thank you, Commissioners Martin and Samson, for saving for that rainy day.
Dorothy J. Cerise
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