Letter: Questions for CDOT on bridge
I am still troubled by CDOT’s lack of long-rang planning for traffic no Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs. The bridge being planned to cross the Colorado River is massive and only will solve our short-term bridge and traffic problems. How will this $100 million bridge tie into our future roads? The lack of long-range planning to remove Highway 82 traffic from Grand Avenue is a concern for me and many others in Glenwood Springs.
Also I am concerned about the build-out time frame. This has already been lengthened. The CDOT contractor in Idaho Springs is having trouble completing his bridge project on time. A six-week project has turned into 14 weeks. I can already feel excuses for a Glenwood delay. Glenwood business will be impacted and CDOT will not pay any locals for lost income just like Idaho Springs.
Many are nervous CDOT cannot replace the bridge in a timely manner. Our tourist industry will lose business once the bridge is removed and the tourists will try other towns for their vacations. It will take time to get these people back into Glenwood Springs. This is like trying a new grocery store and not going back to the old one.
CDOT must do all possible to build back Glenwood’s tourist base after completion of the project and during the project. This may be done with massive advertising and any other methods available.
One last question: Has CDOT looked into building a new bridge and then removing the existing bridge? Hopefully this letter will open CDOT’s eyes to many who feel their concerns have not really been heard.
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Thanks to all CDOT employees and locals for their concerns about the bridge. Life will go on.
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