Letter: Blake gate flip
The Glenwood Springs Transportation Commission has once again recommended to the City Council that the gate at the southern end of Blake Avenue be opened. Last year when the opening of the Blake gate was simply announced, there was an outcry by the neighborhood residents. As a result, a three-member ad hoc committee was appointed to consult with the Transportation Commission.
I was one of those members. We were involved in perhaps three meetings. We helped decide to do a traffic count in various locations on Blake. The results of those counts were never discussed; in fact the committee never met again. The members of the committee were not informed of the most recent meeting of the Transportation Commission.
Quite a few reasons were given last year for why it was necessary for this gate to be opened. The main reason was that RFTA wanted the road improvements estimated at $100,000 and the open gate so that bus passengers could use the Wal-Mart parking lot when the designated bus lot was full. As a matter of information, that $100,000 would have improved only about three-quarters of a block from the existing RFTA parking lot to slightly past the gate. Once again RFTA insists that in order to lessen traffic problems during the bridge construction, it must have the ability to circle between 27th and 29th streets.
The residents of Blake between 23rd and 27th streets fear that the increased traffic that will result from the gate opening will endanger pedestrians, pets and children. The road is only 15 feet wide. There are no sidewalks, and the road has not been maintained, except for occasional pothole repair, for more than 24 years.
Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that the governmental agencies care not for the city residents but for the contractors, developers and the big business interests. The Blake residents were promised decades ago that the “gate” was necessary in case of emergencies and would never be opened. I realize that this promise was made a long time ago; in the days a man’s word was his bond and all it took to seal a bargain was a handshake. I just caution anyone dealing with these governmental agencies to be sure your agreements are chiseled in stone.
Lois L. Wilmoth
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