Letter: Short of common sense
On the front page of the June 17, 2015, edition of your newspaper you featured an article about Warren Gardner, who was the project superintendent in 1953 during the construction of the present Grand Avenue bridge over the Colorado River. Accompanying the article was a photographic reproduction of a 1953 newspaper story about the bridge. I finally took out a magnifying glass in order to be able to read the original article. One of the final paragraphs reads as follows:
“First step in construction will be construction of a temporary span across the river at Pitkin Avenue — about a block west of the present bridge — before the high spring runoff makes construction more difficult.”
1953 was before the advent of digital computers, but there was a lot of common sense. I have long maintained that before construction of a new Grand Avenue Highway 82 bridge, Glenwood would benefit by constructing, first, one or more bridges connecting the south and north sides of town, thereby providing alternative routes for traffic.
The design of the proposed new bridge has, I am sure, already benefited from highly sophisticated computer paradigms. What is missing is the common sense of 63 years ago. Sophisticated tools are no substitute for clear thinking. I continue to believe that the present bridge design and its ensuing construction will not solve the problem and will negatively impact the quality of life in the city of Glenwood Springs for years to come.
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