Letter: What is the road to the bypass?
After reading Dean Moffatt’s letter of Jan. 28, let’s say that we agree with him, that now is the time to build the bypass/alternate route. I don’t necessarily disagree, however, the question I still have, is where and how do we build it?
To answer that, we need some hard facts and to get those facts, we need the required regional Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before construction can begin. In other words, no EIS, no bypass/alternate route.
As I understand it, the EIS has to be initiated by our town or other entity and the cost is at least $10 million (who pays?) and it takes at least three years for the final result, which, I was told, will be narrowed down to a single option.
Only then begins the painstaking and contentious process of reviewing the EIS to come to a consensus. Does the bypass really improve Glenwood Springs or the congestion problem? Does it create other negative issues? Do we accept the one option? Who pays? Who gets displaced? My point is, that without the EIS, we have no way to move forward on any alternate route any time soon.
I’m asking sincerely, can someone please tell me how we get from where we are today … no EIS, or consensus … to a completed bypass/alternate route that gets built before the bridge falls down?
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