Entrance Solutions stalls real solution
The debate over just how to fix Aspen’s traffic nightmare will continue at its glacial pace if an ongoing petition drive succeeds in its mission to bring the issue to a special vote next winter.The organization Entrance Solutions has been gathering signatures for more than a month to bring four lanes, including HOV lanes, into Aspen. Jeffrey Evans’ Entrance Solutions is seeking two new questions seeking the realignment of Highway 82 over open space at the entrance to town, with a new bridge over Castle Creek to connect the highway directly from the Maroon Creek roundabout to the upper end of Main Street. Both questions also propose four lanes of traffic, with one lane in each direction designated as HOV/transit lanes that are no more restrictive than the HOV lanes currently in place between Basalt and Buttermilk. Those lanes function as HOV lanes at certain times of the day; the highway is open to four lanes of general traffic the rest of the time.We feel this petition drive, if successful, could potentially untrack current discussions to bring a transit solution this newspaper supports – the preferred alternative, the only legal solution to Aspen’s traffic crisis. And while the preferred alternative also cuts across the Marolt Open Space, like the realignment Entrance Solutions seeks, it would not have HOV lanes, but instead lanes designated for Bus Rapid Transit. If Entrance Solutions is successful, that also would mean reopening the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Record of Decision and conducting yet another Environmental Impact Study. Additionally, residents could expect more time and money spent on something that may never happen.If you want to see the preferred alternative become a reality, we encourage you to not sign Entrance Solutions’ petition. By signing the petition, look for a debate this to continue to bog down – as traffic gets worse.
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