Paving to impact Highway 82 and roundabout traffic Tuesday
Colorado Department of Transportation crews are scheduled to pave damaged sections of Highway 82 on Tuesday beginning at 7 a.m.
In an effort to allow traffic to continue moving through the area during the paving operation, motorists will be put into a two-way traffic configuration in the eastbound lanes.
There will be no westbound access to Highway 82 from Maroon Creek and Castle Creek roads. Motorists wishing to head west will need to first head east into Aspen and then get turned around to go west. Delays of as long as 60 minutes could be expected when the paver enters the roundabout. Crews are expected to be in the roundabout midday. The paving is expected to take all day.
Commercial truck traffic and Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses will still be able to utilize Highway 82, although delays can be expected. All other vehicular traffic is encouraged to use the alternate route — Cemetery Lane to McLain Flats Road.
To receive real-time updates about the construction, visit http://www.cdot.gov and click on the green cellphone icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Live road conditions are available at http://www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state.
The Aspen School District sent a letter to parents last week reminding them to plan accordingly. There will be no changes to the start and end times of school.
“This would be a great time to consider a trial run in preparation for the upcoming Bike/Walk to School Day scheduled for Thursday,” the letter reads. “Please consider all alternative transportation including walking, biking, using the Aspen School District buses, (the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority) and/or carpooling on Tuesday.”
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