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Deterrent, or a better way?

Dear Editor:

It seems like traffic on 82 has decreased since last year. Possibly because some have given up on Aspen and gone elsewhere?

City and county fathers have asked us how we could improve on Aspen. The entrance to Aspen is one critical point, and sentiments and thoughts have flared up again.



Rather than come up with this 20-mph deterrent, let’s keep drivers on 82 by letting them go up to 4O mph! Not only that, the 82 artery on the west side of Aspen really has room for four lanes: Take the funny planter out of the last S and remove the sidewalks on the Castle Creek Bridge and … no more bottleneck. This is what slows down all the traffic, and therefore I am thinking of the higher speed limit. A law of nature, fluid or traffic has to speed up at a constriction.

The Maroon Creek Bridge, until it was replaced, was a Band-Aid for 40 years. The Castle Creek Bridge could be quite a good Band-Aid again for the time being. Engineers will say this bridge won’t take four lanes. I feel under a waiver it could be fixed. Not many of us have taken the walk down by the golf course and looked at the bases of the old Maroon Creek Bridge. Amazing what we have gotten away with! When that bridge was replaced, so should have been the Castle Creek Bridge!




The funny closures, barricades and restrictions in the West End – are those people more important than us on the East End, better ones? With all the streets open, traffic would disperse better; also the folks who do not want the higher speed can dawdle along on those. All this could be tried out during the coming offseason, at least the higher speed limits. Just bag the present signs, make some announcements, and you will see how the traffic flows. The vehicles will run “greener,” less stopping, less accelerating, more coasting! Less headaches, watch everybody smile! No time for cells – people will have to pay attention!

The bus lanes would be obsolete. Cops could get out of their cars and move traffic along at certain places. Of course they would have to be trained to do that well. Remember the traffic cops in Europe after World War II, before the countries installed traffic lights? They were hot! In those days I have seen no speed limits within the cities at times. By the way, some places in Europe are doing away with most of their traffic signs; paragraph No. 1 in their traffic laws.

Aspen has too many stop signs! Not very green thinking. Also teaching children and even some grownups not to accelerate coming up on an intersection, enforcing their pedestrian rights, would help. Again not very green thinking to make a ton of steel stop and then go again. When on foot, I always wait for an opening and wave the traffic by.

Dieter Bibbig

Aspen


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