South Bridge project
The purpose of the South Bridge project is to identify a critical second route between Colorado State Highway 82 (SH 82) and the west side of the Roaring Fork River in southern Glenwood Springs.
Representatives from both the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have signed the South Bridge Environmental Assessment (EA). The signed Environmental Assessment became available October 23 for review for 30 days for public comment, and the period was extended until December 6, 2013. A public hearing was held November 13.
It is available for public review at glenwoodsouthbridge.net. Hard copies are available for review at the Glenwood Springs Public Library; City of Glenwood Springs offices; Garfield County offices in Glenwood Springs; CDOT's offices in Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and Denver; and the Federal Highway Administration offices in Lakewood.
This second route responds to the previous 2005 Congressional earmark for the Glenwood Springs, South Bridge (new, off-system bridge), Public Law 109-59, 109th Congress. 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 Canyon Road.
For additional information, contact Terri Partch, with the City of Glenwood Springs, at (970) 384-6413, or visit the project website at glenwoodsouthbridge.net.