Letter: Questions remain about bridge project
After reading letters to the editor, articles in the PI and talking to people about “The Bridge,” I have some questions. First of all, is this plan before us the final plan from CDOT or are there other options still in consideration? Is the railroad right of way even available for a bypass right now or will it ever be a possibility? If the bridge is built as per plan, is there any opportunity for a bypass in the future, be it the railroad or other means?
Right now the current plan exceeds the $99 million CDOT budget allowed and they have not even put it out for bid. Who has to make up the difference if it comes in more than the allotted money? It seems as of now we the people must make up the difference, be it from Garfield County commissioners, other counties’ contributions or upvalley residents. What happens if the money falls short of the bids? Will CDOT find the funds, will value engineering of the project bring into budget or will CDOT go back to the drawing board?
It appears to me this current plan is designed for one purpose, and that is to move traffic off of Interstate 70 and into Glenwood, eliminating east and westbound traffic backups, period, and I have no doubt it will do the job.
Will it affect downtown? Of course it will, but we really won’t know how or to what extent until the project is finished. By sending all the traffic down Grand, has CDOT considered the future increase in traffic and how to avoid congestion through controlled intersections? Will taking out the Eighth Street light be enough, or has CDOT a plan to take out other traffic lights in order to move the estimated increase in future traffic?
I have not been able to attend the CDOT meetings, but it seems a lot of us are not clear on what is optional or already decided. I hope someone with authority and knowledge can shed some light on these questions.
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