Big trucks banned on Watson Divide, E. Sopris Creek Rd.
Pitkin County commissioners will take up an ordinance today restricting tandem-axle trucks and tractor-trailers from using East Sopris Creek Road and Watson Divide Road.
Large trucks will only be permitted on those roads to reach specific destinations in the neighborhoods served by the roads.
Commissioners are expected to enact the ordinance today.
The county proposed the measure because peak-hour traffic has exceeded capacity levels for both roads, and the narrow, curvy nature of both roads limits the size of vehicles that can safely travel on the roads. Large trucks compromise general public safety on the roads as a result of their size, according to the county.
Highway 82 is designed to handle heavy truck traffic and should be the primary route for trucks, according to the county.
Signs will be placed on both ends of each road restricting tandem-axle trucks and tractor-trailers from using East Sopris Creek and Watson Divide roads for through travel.
Copies of the full text of the ordinance are available for public inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. in the office of the Clerk and Recorder, 506 E. Main St., Aspen. For more information call 920-5180.
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