Main Street detour set this week; bus lane is next
Starting Monday, a detour will send outbound traffic off Main Street for a month. When Main reopens, it will sport a new outbound bus lane and new parking restrictions.From Monday until Memorial Day weekend, motorists will be diverted off Main Street and through the West End while the Colorado Department of Transportation replaces concrete at Seventh and Hallam streets.The detour will be in place 24 hours a day and traffic will be diverted onto Sixth Street, Smuggler Street and Eighth Street, then back onto Highway 82. Inbound traffic will remain on its usual course but will be shifted around the work zone.The Eighth Street bus stop will be closed during the project; riders are asked to use the stops at either Fourth Street or Cemetery Lane.Also in May, the city will create an outbound bus lane on the north side of Main Street. To accommodate it, the parking lane on the south, or inbound, side of Main Street from Seventh to Garmisch will become a travel lane, starting Monday. Cars parked there will be towed immediately, according to the city.The parking lane on the north, or outbound, side of Main will function as a bus lane from 3 to 6 p.m. starting June 5. Beginning May 22, vehicles parked in the bus lane after 3 p.m. will be towed.Additional roadwork on Highway 82 in Aspen is scheduled for the fall offseason, when CDOT plans to resurface the highway from Cemetery Lane on the West to Riverside Drive on the east. That project will start in early September, after Labor Day, and continue through October.Curb and ramp work is planned during the spring and summer.Updated project information will be available online at http://www.sh82.com.
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