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Letter: Money is there for Front Range projects, not Western Slope

The question of cost for relocating SH 82 onto the railroad corridor keeps coming up with all sorts of wild figures offered. Back in 1979 the Centennial Report estimated the cost at less than $20 million. The portion of that project from 23rd Street to the river would be relatively low, mostly spent on retaining walls. The big cost is in redoing the interchange, which should be done anyway, as evidenced by the inclusion of interchange work in the long-range planning document for improvements to the I-70 corridor.

All of the above is the basis for some of us to argue that the river corridor alternative should be included and costs estimated as required by the Environmental Policy Act.

Money surprisingly becomes available for projects such as the twin tunnels at Idaho Springs, so why not for a badly needed project on the Western Slope?

Dick Prosence


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