Motorists take their first turn at new roundabout
Motorists began driving in circles on Saturday.
That’s when the Colorado Department of Transportation removed the traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 82 and Maroon Creek Road, and opened the controversial new roundabout to traffic.
Motorists negotiated the “interim roundabout” without incident as of Sunday afternoon, according to local authorities. Asked if the roundabout played host to any accidents during its maiden weekend, a Pitkin County Communications Center dispatcher replied, “Not yet.”
Traffic flow through the roundabout was decidedly light Sunday, affording motorists ample time to enter and exit the roundabout in the prescribed counter-clockwise manner. The traffic flow device aims to alleviate delays at the intersection of Maroon Creek and Castle Creek roads with Highway 82 – though just how it will function during peak travel times remains to be seen.
According to a written statement from the city of Aspen, motorists need to slow down when approaching the roundabout and enter only after yielding to cars on the left. If there is no traffic, motorists may enter the roundabout without stopping, though at a reduced speed.
Construction and detours will continue on the southern part of the roundabout, including the roundabout entry points from Maroon Creek and Castle Creek roads, according to the statement.
The city also advises: “Although the interim roundabout will be functioning, it is important to remember that we will not see the full benefit of the roundabout until construction is completed this November. Please continue to drive with caution in the construction area.”
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