Fest creates widespread jam | AspenTimes.com

Fest creates widespread jam

Tim Mutrie

Widespread traffic headaches associated with the weekend Aspen Harmony Festival snarled Highway 82 and kept local authorities hopping.

A few concertgoers were arrested for minor offenses during the Buttermilk event, which ended Sunday evening.

“It’s a mess, it’s a nightmare,” said Deputy Scott Thompson of the traffic situation Sunday afternoon. “We’re just trying to deal with it and fit in everybody.

“They sold 8,000 tickets [Sunday] and everybody showed up,” he said. “I’m guessing that they only have a quarter of the parking that they need.”

Thompson said yesterday, authorities allowed concertgoers to park on one side of Highway 82 and Owl Creek Road, even though it’s against the law.

“By law, you’re not allowed to park within ten feet of the pavement on these roads, but we’re just trying to make this thing work,” he said.

He said the measure had been successful in keeping the roadways passable, albeit slowly.

“For the numbers we have, we’re doing all right,” Thompson said. “Six thousand people at this location is not working too well; we don’t have the parking facilities to do it safely. We’re trying to facilitate and work with everybody, basically, keep the harmony.”

One attendee was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly assaulted an ambulance worker, Thompson said.

Yesterday afternoon, deputies broke up a fight involving three people and arrested one man for misdemeanor assault, Thompson said.


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