Letter: Bridge plan isn’t inclusive enough
What is Glenwood’s charm? Glenwood’s charm begins in a valley with a hot springs at the confluence of two rivers. It’s he antithesis of life in a big city: absent the hustle and bustle, laid back and relaxed, away from it all. Let’s say Walt Disney wanted to design a theme park that not only included the hot springs, but the whole area. A freeway down the main street would not even be considered.
Right now several elements in addition to a replacement for the present traffic/pedestrian bridges are pending: an Eighth Street link to The Meadows via Midland, and cosmetic surgery on Seventh Street, etc. These are reasonable. It’s not quite clear as to a vague alternative route that keeps being touted. Is it assumed that the route would go up along the rail corridor to Aspen is a given? If so, for those who’ve read my previous letters, then it is well stated that that is the definitive route. Others have implied statements affirming this.
The question is how to pay for this route. One hundred million dollars and a “deed” to Glenwood for the old Grand Avenue bridge may sweeten the deal for CDOT. This would preclude replacement of any of the existing bridges and give that much financing toward building on/beneath the rail corridor.
So, poo poo, that leaves Glenwood with old bridges. Well, that’s a flip from those who want to bargain with CDOT to promise to build an alternative route after they’ve just spent $100,000,000 replacing the existing bridge and catching flack for the construction inconvenience. The old bridge, as stated in a previous letter, could be retroed, painted and/or stuccoed, lane downsized, pedestrian accommodated and even given a sentimental touch, like a welcoming arch or arcade.
Visitors and locals alike want a town scaled to people, not a hodge-podge of people and traffic. My deference to all those involved with the planning of the present bridge. Their valiant, abbreviated attempt needs broadening and inclusion.
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