Letter: Bridge EA approval unbelievable
I’m sure that John Cater of the Federal Highway Administration is an experienced highway administrator. I cannot believe that he approved the EA for the new SH82 bridge in Glenwood Springs. His approval violates NEPA law, which requires consideration of all feasible alternatives to a proposed action. The EA does not address the social impacts of 40,000 vehicles, including trucks, on Grand Avenue, does not mention future growth up the Roaring Fork valley which could result in future traffic volumes of 50,000 or 60,000 vehicles. Excuses written by CDOT consultants are not valid.
I began my highway career with the Bureau of Public Roads in 1948, was a member of the second class of junior highway trainees chosen from graduates nationwide, and admired role the BPR played in research, development of standards and coordination between states, especially during the planning, design and construction of the Interstate system. I survived environmental battles of Red-Buffalo, Vail Pass, the SH82 entrance to Aspen and, of course, Glenwood Canyon, partly due to my excellent training at the BPR. That is why I was totally surprised by Cater’s unfortunate decision to approve this EA. I wish it would have been this easy to get a corridor approval for Glenwood Canyon.
I have read all 288 pages of the answers to comments on the EA and I hope Cater did the same. A number of extremely intelligent questions are raised by concerned citizens who worry about the future for their city.
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