Basaltines petition for street upgrade |

Basaltines petition for street upgrade

Aspen Times Staff Report

It took less than two weeks for a Basalt resident to gather 101 signatures on a petition seeking improvements at the intersection of Homestead Drive and Two Rivers Road.

Lance Romance presented the petition to the Basalt Town Council Tuesday night and will head lobbying efforts with the Colorado Department of Transportation to make changes.

Romance said he sees the need for a light at the intersection. It’s dangerous, he said, because travelers on old Highway 82 are clipping by at speeds of 50 mph or greater at an intersection where Homestead comes in at an awkward angle. It is difficult for vehicles pulling off Homestead to see westbound traffic on the highway and it’s difficult for vehicles on the highway to spot traffic emerging from the side street.

“I want the board to know how eager people were to sign this petition,” said Romance. “They were just lying down to sign this one right after another.”

The council has been sympathetic to the effort and urged Romance two weeks ago to collect names to make it easier to grab CDOT’s attention. A meeting with CDOT officials to discuss solutions is expected later this month.

Romance said his experiences with government in Basalt were much more positive than in Aspen.

“I lived in Aspen since 1969 [before recently moving to Basalt],” Romance said. “Never would I have considered this with Mick Ireland’s bunch.”

Romance owns a patented mining claim in Hunter Creek Valley that he believes was illegally affected by Pitkin County’s Rural and Remote zoning.

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