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Letter: It’s time for the commissioners to listen to their constituents

The Garfield County commissioners have signed a letter of support for the South Bridge Environmental Assessment, opening the door even wider for oil and gas development via Four Mile Road. Their actions make it clear that Four Mile Road is closer than ever to becoming a haul-route for large trucks, most likely to support gas and oil development on Thompson Divide and in the Oak Meadows area. While I appreciate their verbal commitment to protect the Thompson Divide, the commissioners’ recent action stands in sharp contrast to their refusal to commit formally to closing Four Mile Road to oil and gas traffic.

The South Bridge Citizen’s Advisory Group was assured many times that a bridge connecting Midland Avenue with Highway 82 would serve only local and emergency traffic. Now project officials indicate that it could be designed to accommodate large truck traffic.

One by one, the pieces are falling into place:

• The commissioners’ continuing refusal to formally commit to closing Four Mile Road to oil and gas traffic;

• Four Mile Road widened and upgraded;

• A new million-dollar bridge at Oak Meadows;

• Proposed straightening of the Hogback Curve (aka Rocky Point, aka Deadman’s Curve);

• And now a proposed and possibly beefed-up $39,000,000 South Bridge.

Few if any Four Mile Road or Midland Avenue residents want the noise, fumes and hazards of heavy traffic. Those who work, ranch, hunt, hike or cycle shouldn’t have to contend with an industrial haul-route. It’s time for the Garfield County commissioners to listen to their constituents and retract their support for the South Bridge Environmental Assessment and to formally declare Four Mile Road closed to heavy oil and gas truck traffic.

James Campbell

Glenwood Springs

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