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Blocked artery

Dear Editor:Mayor Klanderud seems to think that four lanes into Aspen will create more traffic problems. In case she doesn’t know it yet, the cars are already here. Just sit in the long line of traffic coming into town in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. All those cars seem to find a place to park every day. Yes, parking in town is a pain, but it is nothing compared to our real problem: a four-lane highway that changes into two lanes just outside of town.Anyone who commutes up the valley knows that even with the HOV lane problems, traffic still moves pretty well, until it gets to the dreaded merge at Buttermilk. And the long line of traffic leaving town in the afternoon magically disappears when you get to Buttermilk.So, what is the council doing about all this? Talking about a ridiculous “S-curve experiment” that was already tried and did nothing. Or painting different lines on Main Street and having a bus-only lane. That ought to really help all those cars sitting still. Meanwhile they are building a new bridge over Maroon Creek. I don’t know the details but I’m betting it will be two lanes. If a patient had a blocked artery would the doctor clear all but one last section then tell the patient that he almost finished the job?Larry LedinghamAspen

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