New lane opens for motorists getting on highway in Basalt |

New lane opens for motorists getting on highway in Basalt

Aspen Times Staff Report

Getting on and off Highway 82 in Basalt will be a little easier starting today, when a brand new entrance to the downvalley lanes opens.

To get to the new entrance, also known as a slip lane, simply drive

over the Midland Avenue bridge toward the highway. Instead of turning left at the T intersection with Emma Road, turn right. Town of Basalt engineer Gerry Pace says it’s impossible to miss.

The lane is meant to make it possible for motorists driving out of downtown Basalt to get into the downvalley highway lanes without having to use Two Rivers Road or the intersection next to the Basalt Texaco.

The project cost $243,000, Pace said, with $175,000 coming from Pitkin County.

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