Eagle County lands $560,000 for El Jebel intersection improvements
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY – A $560,000 grant has been awarded to Eagle County to improve access and boost the safety at the north side of the intersection of Highway 82 and El Jebel Road.
The Colorado Department of Transportation awarded the funds, which were a grant through the Federal Hazard Elimination system. The project hasn’t been designed yet, so details aren’t available, according to Nancy Shanks, CDOT spokeswoman. In general, the intent is to consolidate access and egress points on the roads, consider modifications to the traffic signal and possibly add and extend turning lanes, Shanks said.
It is uncertain at this point if construction will begin in 2013 or 2014. CDOT will work with a stakeholder group consisting of government agencies and property owners to come up with a plan.
The intersection is notorious for having a lot of activity within a short distance. Within just a few feet of Highway 82 there is a major access to the El Jebel Plaza, a bus stop, a second access to more commercial buildings on the east side of El Jebel Road and, on the west side, an access to Wendy’s and other businesses.
The application for the grant by Eagle County states that the county government wants to consider adding a southbound right turn lane on El Jebel Road as well as an additional northbound lane if the intersection can absorb the additional lanes, according to CDOT. No public meetings have been held yet to discuss the plan.
Meanwhile, Eagle County is working with various other entities to plan improvements to the intersection of El Jebel Road and Valley Road south of Highway 82.
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