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Letter: Council right to move forward with bridge

I was very pleased to see the Glenwood City Council finally do the right thing and allow the process of a new bridge to continue. It’s about time a Glenwood Springs City Council took a firm stand on this issue.

Glenwood has no one to blame for the current traffic situation on Grand except its own inaction for the last 35 years. When I moved to Glenwood in 1981, the big topic was a bypass. There have been enough studies to pave Grand Avenue with paper. They were all shelved to collect dust … because those who think they are “most affected” have always been able to stop the process.

While I lived in Glenwood for 25 years, I thought I was one of the most affected, because I lived there and was right in it all the time. What I never understood were the complaints of commuters. Then in 2006, we downsized and moved to New Castle. I commute through Glenwood every day now, and it’s a pain to say the least. It takes more time to go from exit 116 to the light at McDonald’s than it does to drive from my home, 2 miles to I-70, east from New Castle to Glenwood, then from the McDonald’s light to 5 mile light (154 Road) on 82. Now I understand the frustration.



As far as the bypass issue, which is clearly separate from a new bridge, Glenwood chose not to follow through on the Eighth Street realignment, with a connector bridge from exit 116, and has placed a bike path on the only obvious route available due to geography. Glenwood has chosen that traffic be on Grand by its inaction over the years and active blocking of alternate routes (remember concrete flower pots on Midland) by some special interest groups. You have a bypass, it’s Grand Avenue. That’s what you wanted. Waiting has sure worked good in the past now, hasn’t it?

Remember Glenwood, it’s Colorado State Highway 82, serving all people, first. It is Grand Avenue, a city street, serving Glenwood, second.



Brad Gates

New Castle


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