Letter: New bridge will bring positives
I believe the time to discuss the new bridge alignment is over. We have a failing bridge and funds dedicated to fix it. We have no agreement on a bypass, nor really any viable ideas. First l have to say I don’t believe that taking riverfront and turning it into a major car and truck route is acceptable or sane as a bypass alternative. Our rivers are precious and relied on by life other than human. While downtown can turn its back to the traffic, the river cannot. To walk along the river is a treasure.
The most logical route has always been Midland Avenue. That door was allowed to be slammed shut years ago by people protecting their property and peace of mind, who were aggressively represented on City Council. Many also remember when the businesses on Grand feared talk of taking the highway off Grand because it would ruin business. How times have changed.
So here we are. There are definite positives that will occur. The Hot Springs Pool will benefit from not having an ever -increasing stream of car and truck traffic spewing exhaust fumes over the pool, and because the Colorado Hotel and the pool are the crown jewels of Glenwood, the town will benefit from creating a pleasant walkable North Glenwood. We will have a convenient pedestrian bridge, connecting the pool and hotel to the Seventh Street restaurants as well as the great clothing stores and other assorted businesses heading up Grand. Maybe we can utilize the space created under the bridge as a shaded rest area overlooking the Colorado River.
We are fortunate to be able to do this and I hope we get it done before the bridge becomes dangerous. The solution for the bypass remains, another problem.
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