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Little straight shot would ease gridlock

Dear Editor:I would like to suggest the following as possible solutions to the gridlock. There is simply too many vehicles in too little space, the proverbial 5 pounds of bagels in a 1-pound sack. Nothing short of more space will solve this problem.The solution is to construct a little straight shot – one lane leaving the roundabout skirting the open space in a somewhat straight manner and entering town directly into Main Street. Then we could have two outbound lanes without a massive new four-lane entrance into town. This road could be aesthetically pleasing, treed and such, like Cemetery Lane. It could even be used only on weekday rush hours during high season, returning to the original road for offseason. Dedicated bus lanes are simply a terrible idea. They provide absolutely no relief for the actual traffic, which is the goal, I think. We have now four lanes on Main Street and four lanes to the golf course with the new bridge, a bottleneck which is literally a simple matter of a few hundred yards.The mayor’s idea of reducing the traffic source is worthy. Right now the Grand Aspen, Insbruck, Obermeyer Place, the new Tippler, the Top of Mill, Little Nell remodel, assorted McMansions, various utility projects, not to forget the Fendi tenant finish, are all running concurrently. Not to mention the trucking of a few million yards of topsoil from Burlingame. It’s a little like trying to have a Widespread show at the Belly Up.Lastly, someone please rent a bucket truck, get a ladder, do something, but please rip down those video traffic light management contraptions; the cops out at Cemetery Lane are the ticket. Bart AxelmanBasalt

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