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Letter: Rail corridor is not abandoned

I believe that the majority of our citizens would like to see a bypass for Highway 82, as would I. The recent editorial in the Post Independent correctly stated that this is a long-term project that is not on the horizon at this time.

I do want to point out some facts about Mr. Prosence’s position about rerouting 82 onto the rail corridor. First that corridor is not abandoned, as Mr. Prosence believes. It is rail banked, which means that it must be maintained in a condition that would allow for reactivation of rail service in the future. While this may seem unlikely, it is necessary to preserve the entire corridor intact.

Secondly the corridor is owned by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, not the city of Glenwood Springs or the Colorado Department of Transportation, and decisions about it are made by the RFTA board of directors. Glenwood has one seat on that seven-member board, and the Colorado Department of Transportation has none.

Thirdly I’m told that condemnation cannot be used against a governmental entity like RFTA, so the corridor cannot be acquired by an eminent domain action.

Ted Edmonds

Glenwood Springs

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