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El Jebel road plan on the wrong track

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Eagle County commissioners.

Dear Editor:

I am a resident, property owner and voter in El Jebel in Eagle County.

Before you built the Eagle County building in El Jebel, I was involved along with many members of the community in the discussions during the acquisition of Crown Mountain Park. We all mentioned to you that the intersection between Valley Road, Highway 82 and Sopris Village was of great concern.

Located at that intersection, the community of Sopris Village was especially concerned about the impact of your building, the park and the traffic on the quality of life here. You assured us that the traffic was considered prior to putting your building there. Now we hear that you want to reroute Valley Road behind your building and behind the shopping center, bringing the traffic closer to Sopris Village. Will you take Sopris Village’s land and condemn the small park where my 5-year-old granddaughter plays to make room for that road? (We’re real people here.)

The town of Basalt was allowed to annex the area surrounding Sopris Village but refused to annex Sopris Village itself. Now once again, we have no rights and no vote as to what happens here.

Rather than reroute the road, close the intersection completely and let everyone have access to the new town of Basalt away from Sopris Village at the Willits intersection. You’ll see quickly how inadequate that new roundabout is.

And, while I’m at it, the brick pavers that form the pedestrian crosswalk in front of your building there collapsed less than one year after the installation of those pavers; I bet they were under warranty at that time, but now it’s been 2.5 years, and it still hasn’t been repaired. It’s very disappointing. Hope I don’t catch a heel and get run over by mass transit.

Quit voting away our rights. I feel like I wasted so much time attending those meetings.

Barb Forrest

El Jebel