Letter: Traffic, not proposed new bridge, killing downtown Glenwood | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Traffic, not proposed new bridge, killing downtown Glenwood

I find it pretty amazing that, with the history Glenwood Springs has (since the late ’70s), there are still people that wish to halt construction of a new bridge. A new bridge doesn’t automatically come with more traffic. A new bridge that is sorely needed by all residents of Colorado, on a state highway, does not belong only to citizens of the city of Glenwood Springs.

If the Save Grand group really wants less traffic on Grand by constructing a bypass, which in case you haven’t looked is severely limited geologically, why doesn’t the group try find solutions to traffic instead of create confusion about a bridge with misleading mailings?

How about approaching RFTA to create a comprehensive transit system that actually could have an effect on traffic numbers through Glenwood. I’m pretty sure Save Grand Avenue doesn’t wish to keep tourists away. I hope they know they can’t stop, or lower truck traffic within the Roaring Fork Valley without significant cost increase on goods. So how about maybe the commuters?

RFTA just launched a $34 million dog and pony show that includes a bunch of new buses moving faster (but still empty) up and down the valley. I’d be very interested in RFTA ridership numbers (should be a huge increase) since the new VelociRFTA rapid transit system launch.

Save Grand would be much better served to try get traffic numbers on Grand Avenue down. Stopping a new bridge won’t lower traffic counts. But maybe… just maybe, if a proper bus system that served commuters was put in place, and we could leave our vehicles home, or at a sufficiently large secure park and ride lot, in the towns we live in, some of us might ride those buses, thereby lowering traffic numbers through Glenwood.

So, is it a new bridge that will kill Grand Avenue and downtown in the future, or is it traffic? I’m betting it’s traffic. Save Grand needs to reassess its goals and methods.

Brad Gates

New Castle

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