Letter: It’s now or never for a bypass
Disagreeing with an experienced, intelligent, ex-Glenwood city councilman, hopefully back in his seat this next election, who is also a friend, is difficult. But Russ Arensman has missed an important point. In his letter (P.I. 1/14/15) he pleads for us to stop the dialog over the bridge, build the sucker and then talk about a bypass.
The missed point, the flaw in this thinking, is that once $120 million is spent and Grand Avenue is upgraded to carry twice as many trucks and cars as today, CDOT will never have the stomach or funds for a bypass. In recent months I have talked with three respected, high-ranking, retired CDOT officials. All three deeply involved in our local highway history. They are unanimous that a bypass with a new bridge would be highly unlikely, ever.
Other points gathered include the unusually high cost ($120M) spent on a small town, given that this amount is about equal to the bridge enterprise fund for the entire state. How many other bridges could be replaced or fixed around the state? Also, what started out as a pretty mundane bridge replacement project has turned into one with complicated, costly engineering solutions and area-wide connectivity and demographic issues during the years of construction.
It is my opinion that by letting this project go forward, we are going down the wrong road. It is now or never for a bypass for the health and welfare of the Glenwood community.
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