City of Glenwood Springs South Bridge Environmental Assessment - Final

The City of Glenwood Springs, with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Garfield County announce the availability of the South Bridge Environmental Assessment (EA). 

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, 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.

Status of the Environmental Assessment

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the South Bridge Project was recently signed and hard copies are available for public and agency review at the City of Glenwood Springs Engineering Office; Glenwood Springs Public Library; Garfield County offices in Glenwood Springs; CDOT's offices in Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Denver.

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the EA during the 30-day review period, which has now been extended with a new deadline date of Friday, December 6, 2013.  You may provide written comments on the EA by mail addressed to Wendy Swan, City of Glenwood Springs Engineering Department, 101 West 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or email to or fax to 970-945-8582. 

In addition, there was a Public Hearing that accepted comments from the public that was held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 100 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs. 

The South Bridge EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and includes:

  • Definition of the purpose and need for the project.
  • Description of a range of reasonable transportation alternatives considered, including the Preferred Alternative.
  • Evaluation of potential social, economic, historical, and environmental impacts of proposed improvements.
  • Definition of measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate negative impacts.
  • Description of public involvement and input to decision-making.

Attached Documents:

Additional questions about the South Bridge Environmental Assessment may be directed to:

Terri Partch, City of Glenwood Springs City Engineer
970-384-6413 or

Wendy Swan, City of Glenwood Springs Engineering Administrative Assistant
970-384-6435 or