Council appoints varied task force for S-curves |

Council appoints varied task force for S-curves

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A mix of Aspenites who live near the S-curves or in the West End, a couple of strident straight shot supporters and a smattering of residents from other areas of town will make up the S-curves task force.

The group, selected by the Aspen City Council on Tuesday, is charged with the task of recommending S-curve improvements that can be implemented fairly quickly to improve traffic flow at the western entrance to town.

Council members each ranked 28 applicants, intending to appoint the top 12 to the task force, but Mayor Helen Klanderud declared the group would have 13 members when two individuals tied for 12th place.

The appointment of those two, straight shot supporters Richie Cohen and former Councilman Tom McCabe, generated the most debate.

Councilman Terry Paulson, who opposes realigning Highway 82 through open space at the entrance – the so-called straight shot – wondered if the two men could effectively focus on improving the existing alignment and suggested they be eliminated from consideration.

Councilman Torre noted the straight shot advocates have deemed the existing alignment through the S-curves unfixable.

“Hopefully, they’re not going to bring that attitude to the table,” he said.

With the exception of Paulson, however, council members endorsed the task force’s makeup.

In addition to Cohen and McCabe, the group will include ardent S-curve supporters Denny Vaughn and Cliff Weiss, along with Bill Weiner, Charles Collins, Donna Fisher, Kip Wheeler, Charlie Eckart, Jan Louthis, David Hyman, John Doremus and Maureen Poschman.

They are expected to bring their ideas for improving the curves, where the highway narrows through two 90-degree turns, to the council in September.

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