Vail Daily letter: Wrong side of town |

Vail Daily letter: Wrong side of town

Suzie Shepard
Vail, CO, Colorado

I was wrong when I stated the Eagle town engineer and the developer were the only ones who want the interchange on Interstate 70 east of Eagle, the “interchange to nowhere.” The names on the environmental assessment documents at the public hearing include the promoters of the project: The town of Eagle, Colorado Department of Transportation, the federal Department of Transportation and all the engineers and technical staff who worked on the project. The developer’s name is not on anything, but according to CDOT officials, they paid for all the engineering and environmental assessment. It almost didn’t cost the taxpayer anything!

It doesn’t seem to matter that that the town of Eagle voters and other residents don’t want the interchange or the development. They favor an interchange somewhere between Eagle and Gypsum, either west of Eby Creek Road or an airport interchange, in order to avoid the Eby Creek interchange and the boondoggle at Eby Creek and U.S. Highway 6.

The greater population of Eagle is south of Highway 6 and is obviously growing in that direction. The airport is a huge and established business and growing, as well. The I-70 Eby Creek interchange will work if there is another exit for Eagle, but not at the east location.

So why not an interchange that will serve the people and both groups instead of a developer? This east interchange is clearly the same package that was delivered five years ago. It is nothing new, yet it is all but approved. If it goes through, you may never see another near Eagle. It is the precursor to huge development east of Eagle.

“Build the roads and they will come!” Urban sprawl at its finest.

This decision affects everyone who lives and works in the area.

Suzie Shepard

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