Public Comment Period for South Bridge Environmental Assessment Extended to December 6

November 21, 2013 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The City of Glenwood Springs, with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Garfield County, announce the extension of the public review and comment period for the South Bridge Environmental Assessment (EA) to December 6, 2013.

Written comments must be received by Friday, December 6, 2013 and can be made as follows:

Mail: Wendy Swan, Administrative Assistant, City of Glenwood Springs Engineering Department, 101 West 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Fax: (970) 945-8582 (attn. Wendy Swan)

Email: [email protected]

To view the Environmental Assessment, please go to any of the following links:

Hard copies are available for review at the City of Glenwood Springs Engineering Department; Glenwood Springs Public Library; Garfield County offices in Glenwood Springs; CDOT’s offices in Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Denver; and the Federal Highway Administration offices in Lakewood.

The purpose of the South Bridge project is to identify a critical second route between SH 82 and the west side of the Roaring Fork River in the southern portion of Glenwood Springs. This second route responds to the previous 2005 Congressional earmark for the Glenwood Springs, South Bridge (new, off-system bridge), Public Law 109-59, 109thCongress. The project will address identified transportation needs, such as lack of emergency vehicle access route redundancy and increasing mobility issues along the current primary access route (Midland Avenue) caused by increased growth in the area.

The alternatives evaluated in the EA are: 1) No Action Alternative and 2) Alternative 10b (identified in the EA as the Preferred Alternative). Alternative 10b connects Airport Road to SH 82 south of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport. The connection takes Airport Road under Airport property in a tunnel, crosses the Roaring Fork River on a clear-span bridge, and connects to SH 82 just south of the Holy Cross Energy facility near Red Canon Road.

Questions about the public comment period or the EA may be directed to Wendy Swan at the City of Glenwood Springs at (970) 384-6435.