The 2002 Coal Seam Fire forced the evacuation of areas south and west of Glenwood Springs, impacting more than 3,000 residents. A Federal Earmark for a South Bridge project was requested by Garfield County and awarded in 2005. In 2007, the City and County began an environmental assessment for the project.
A public meeting was held August 2, 2017 to discuss the environmental assessment. The meeting covered such topics as the preferred location and next steps with the project. The presentation given on that night can be viewed through the link below.