Main Street traffic at standstill
September 11, 2008
ASPEN ” Thinking about leaving town? Think again.
Traffic leaving Aspen on Thursday afternoon was backed up beyond Original Curve ” 14 blocks from the S-curves at the west end of Main Street ” by 4:30 p.m.
Many motorists were dodging into the West End, looking to avoid the mess, whenever they managed to creep into an intersection that allowed them to divert off Main Street.
A Roaring Fork Transportation Authority downvalley bus, which left Rubey Park in downtown Aspen at 3:45 p.m., was sitting at Eighth Street 30 minutes later, according to a RFTA spokesman who estimated the ride beyond the roundabout was taking 40 minutes.
According to a local citizen, highway crews were letting alternating traffic through the roundabout on the edge of town shortly before 2 p.m. after doing paving work.
A Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson said CDOT had been paving on the Aspen side of the roundabout Thursday, though not actually in the roundabout, and that the work was done before afternoon commute.