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Decrying traffic move

Dear Editor:

I am amazed that the city of Aspen can arbitrarily decide to stop the flow of traffic out of town on Power Plant Road during certain hours of the day and force all drivers onto Main Street. Aren’t the roads in the West End of town, including Power Plant Road, considered public roads? If our roads are not public, then perhaps we should no longer have to pay taxes to maintain them. After all, if we cannot drive on certain roads from 3 to 6 p.m., why should we pay to maintain them?

There is no public safety issue behind such closure, and I wonder whether it is even legal to arbitrarily close public streets so that the NIMBYs on the West End don’t suffer cars driving past their rarely used homes. Isn’t there a better use for our police force than enforcing this ridiculous “law”? Perhaps our police force needs to be reduced in numbers, as obviously there is nothing much of importance happening in Aspen between 3 and 6 p.m., such that those trying to get home at a reasonable hour need to be ticketed and reprimanded for their behavior!

Finally, this most recent act by the city has formed an even larger carbon footprint along Main Street. How is the Canary Initiative dealing with this stalled traffic commencing at Mill Street and continuing past 8th Street? The city’s latest brilliant road closure will certainly choke the canary!

Catherine Cross

Aspen

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