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Letter: Rail corridor could be used for bypass

In response to Ted Edmonds’ letter printed on Aug. 22, I would offer the following:

During 2005 I prepared a design concept on my dining room table in Phoenix for relocating SH 82 onto the railroad corridor on topographic mapping furnished to me by Floyd Diemoz at a scale of 1 inch = 200 ft. The last I saw of this drawing was on Floyd’s office in West Glenwood. Incorporated into this design was provision for the railroad running adjacent to the relocated highway. So contrary to Ted’s assertion, the railroad would still be “banked’ even though it will probably never be built.

It is true that RFTA has jurisdiction over the old railroad right of way, but the board of directors is made up of citizens of the valley who should recognize that huge traffic volumes on Grand Avenue are bad for friends and neighbors living in Glenwood Springs. Additionally, my design concept shows a relocated bike/pedestrian path along the edge of the river bluff, a far superior location than that of the existing pathway. Resting areas could be provided, with steps down to the river for fishing or rock-throwing access.

Why would the RFTA board oppose trading for the better facility? The corridor from 23rd Street to the river could be turned into a greenbelt.

Of course, none of this will happen if CDOT spends over $100 million on the new bridge.

Dick Prosence

Meeker


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