Letter: Bridge, Grand Avenue as lone access through Glenwood a disservice to residents
Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The writer of this letter is a member of a family that has lived in old Glenwood Springs for over a century. The proposed bridge and the use of our town’s Grand Avenue and the center of town as the sole practical access to the upper Roaring Fork Valley is a disservice by the state of Colorado to the residents and visitors of Glenwood Springs. About 27,000 cars and trucks per day, through 21 blocks of our city’s central street is immense.
The schools, post office, county courthouse, and half of our retail and service offices are on one side of Highway 82/Grand Avenue, while the other side has a similar distribution of public and private offices, plus the densest population of residents. This old central area of Glenwood Springs is the most diverse and affordable place for people to live.
The present volume of traffic through our central avenue has a very negative effect on people’s ability to walk and drive around the town. The state’s Access Control Plan is draconian in its effect on normal small town and resort life.
It is my hope that you will look into our plight and convene with the officials of the three counties: Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle, along with the affected regional and city governments, and develop a regional solution to this problem by building a bypass for traffic whose destination is either the upper valley or access to Interstate 70.
The new bridge is not the long term solution to traffic through Glenwood Springs. It is just an expansion of the old idea while increasing the already heavy burden on the residents and visitors of Glenwood Springs, one of the most popular and beautiful resorts in Colorado.
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