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Letter: Glenwood has an identity crisis

It seems that the insurmountable exists in Glenwood. Say what you will about the federal government, as things become more regional to local, the gap between what’s needed and how it gets done gets bigger and out of hand.

Kathy Trauger seems to understand this as well as anyone, as she explains in her Jan, 23 article “State highway won’t be off Grand Avenue soon.” The public needs more informed reports like this.

Just a few comments on my impressions: It’s been studied to death and the cost projections as of 2007 are shocking. I agree that money spent on the front end of a project in planning and budgeting is well spent, unless it becomes protracted and by default, personal, so that the main purpose is lost.

Consider the fact that the whole Glenwood Canyon project cost $490 million and that in 2007 a bypass less than a mile long was projected to conservatively cost $300 million. That’s forty million a mile vs. over three hundred million a mile. It’s over 60 percent of the cost of the Glenwood Canyon project. Even adjusted for inflation, it’s still outrageous. Are these studies boondoggles in themselves?

Glenwood has an identity crisis that’s being perpetuated by confused, conflicting interests. Is it a service community or a resort destination? As a lyric goes: “Straighten up and fly right.”

Fred Stewart

Grand Junction


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