On April 21, the Herald had an article with the headline, "Bridge, U.S. 550 unlikely to merge."
As a naive taxpayer and commuter from the east of Durango, I thought the bridge a little extravagant at the time. I also thought that U.S. Highway 550 merging with U.S. Highway160 at the new Three Springs intersection, along with four lanes at the present 550/160 junction, would do us for a long time to come and would be safer as well as much less expensive and time-consuming.
Now we have a bridge, still being built, and another planned overpass to connect 160 traffic to a bridge to nowhere at a cost of around $40 million, and we can't connect to U.S. 550 via the bridge because there are ancient artifacts on the proposed right of way.
I believe the Animas-La Plata Project will drown a few hundred such sites. So now CDOT will consider at least four alternatives.
Pardon me, but spending that much money on a bridge to get a few people across a highway leaves only one alternative: to complete the project as proposed, regardless.
This situation speaks to massive incompetence. Those who authorized and funded this fiasco have to be held accountable if this project can't be completed as planned.
Chet Anderson, Durango