After seeing all the images of the collapsed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, I’m feeling kind of good today about the the replacement and updates on our aging Bijou and Cimmarron street bridges over I-25.Well, better than I ever have, at least.
Anyone whose commute into downtown Coloradao Springs requires using or crossing the path of I-25 is familiar with the traffic jam headaches — in every direction — caused the closure of the Bijou Street bridge and partial lane closure of the Cimarron Street bridge…waiting two to three cycles for lights to change, lurching along into merged lanes…heck, even my favorite short cut routes are clogged these days.
And, I know, these pains are compounded for downtown retailers who not only face the commute themselves but have also faced a drop in sales because shoppers have avoided the traffic. It’s fair to say that all of downtown has suffered because of the bridge construction, really.
But, watching my girlfriend last night call family and friends who still live in her hometown of Minneapolis to check on their welfare, made me glad that the construction will help save us from an I-35W-type tragedy — on two of our most heavily traveled bridges, anyway.
Now, what about the rest of the city’s aging infrastructure?