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Letter: Fix the bridge — build a bypass

This is in response to Russ Arensman’s PI letter of Aug. 21. If you don’t know Russ, he is intelligent, thoughtful and was pretty good in his short City Council tenure. But he is way off base concerning a Glenwood bypass.

At the risk of losing his friendship, I think he is a self-appointed spokesman for the Red Mountain Gang, which has successfully killed all past attempts for a bypass near their neighborhood. Russ is essentially saying, we couldn’t get it then, it’s pie in the sky now, so future generations of Glenwood, suck it up and live with the congested highway through town, forever.

For me, this is deja vu of the I-70/Glenwood Canyon experience. Back then, the state insisted what’s there now couldn’t be done. They had already built the disgusting first stretch to No Name. It then took a handful of locals to present visions of what could be done, and it came to be.

The same experience is possible for a bypass. It need not be a big, ugly concrete swath destroying the river and slicing through neighborhoods. It can be small and slow and quiet, and it can bring with it river restoration, recreational amenities and, most of all, health to our community for generations by reducing what is already killing us and has no end in sight.

Dean Moffatt

Glenwood Springs

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