New way out of post office |

New way out of post office

Aspen Times Staff Report

The usual traffic snarl at the Aspen post office may take a new twist Saturday, when the post office will no longer allow customers to exit the parking lot by circling the building to emerge on Puppy Smith Street.

Several traffic accidents and general traffic congestion have prompted the decision, say postal officials.

Instead, postal customers will have to enter and exit the parking lot using the two entrances which abut the Mill Street Station parking lot. At present, both entrances are designated as one way into the post office. The entryway nearest Puppy Smith Street will serve as the entrance, while the entryway nearest to the shopping complex will be the new exit for vehicles.

“There have been several [vehicle] accidents in the back of the post office,” said Bob Reinstra, supervisor of customer service at the Aspen post office. In one instance, a vehicle was badly damaged and a woman was hurt, he said. “Basically, the area is creating a lot of safety hazards and problems,” he said.

Reinstra admitted that the new traffic pattern may cause problems, as well.

“We’re working on lessening traffic by getting a contract station in town,” he said.

A contract station, Reinstra explained, would be a local business that would sign an agreement with the Aspen post office, in effect making the business a satellite post office with similar duties and responsibilities.

“A contract station should alleviate the congestion [at the post office] and give customers an option that may be more convenient for them,” Reinstra said. “It should also reduce the waiting time for customer service at the post office.”

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