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Letter: Disappointing bridge news

Disappointing to hear that the opening day for the pedestrian bridge is pushed back a month. More disappointing is the way in which the message was delivered. We are left wondering if the schedule really means anything with arguably the most important capital improvement project in Glenwood’s, and the region’s, recent history.

To assert that the defective railing has caused a delay in the opening of the bridge makes sense, of course. What does not make sense is that CDOT didn’t know this until one day before the milestone date previously advertised. It is also disingenuous to pile the sole responsibility for the delay on the railings when the lighting for the bridge isn’t complete, or the landings on either end of the bridge, or the approaches to the bridge for the pedestrians, etc. The list is lengthy.

It also doesn’t make any sense to assert that it’s just a milestone date, and not really all that important, as the article in the paper seems to indicate. This is the most critical point of all as the community looks forward to the remainder of this project. To marginalize the importance of milestone dates in a contract schedule, is to forsake the obligation such projects have to finish them in a timely manor for the benefit of the constituency they serve.

If this schedule didn’t mean that much to CDOT, then perhaps schedule compliance with the vehicular bridge is in question as well. Please place value on the word you gave the community when you published a schedule for the project. Cavalier responses to milestone dates are disingenuous at least, or unethical at their worst.

Larry Brooks

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