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Highway needs to be in sync

Dear Editor:

I regularly drive Highway 82 from Carbondale to the ski areas, and I have often thought: “Why doesn’t CDOT synchronize the lights on 82?” I’m not referring to the total length of the highway, but just the lights that are closely coupled like El Jebel Road/Willits north, Original/Willits south, Basalt/River Road and Harmony Place/Owl Creek.

In each case there is a primary and a secondary intersection, and they are less than a half-mile apart. There is no reason that you should have to stop at a secondary light just after you start up from a primary one. There is a four-way win if the lights are synchronized, (1) cutting commuting time, (2) reducing pollution, (3) saving fuel and (4) probably improving safety due to less starts and stops.

There could be some longer waits for cars entering 82 but the heavier 82 traffic improvement would well outweigh that.

Bob Lucas


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