Paving work clogs up the roundabout |

Paving work clogs up the roundabout

Aspen Times Staff Report

One of the last major phases of roundabout construction was completed yesterday, but not before creating significant traffic delays for much of the day.

Construction crews laid the top layer of pavement on stretches of Maroon Creek Road near the Highway 82 roundabout. The process reduced traffic flow to one lane on Maroon Creek Road for most of yesterday, according to Ryan Hill, roundabout project manager for Gould Construction.

“But we shouldn’t be doing a lot of stuff that really impacts traffic anymore, now that we’ve got that Maroon Creek Road paving done,” Hill said.

Because traffic going in and out on Maroon Creek had to alternate, using the one open travel lane, vehicles entering the roundabout often encountered a jam of vehicles attempting to exit onto Maroon Creek Road. At times, the clog of cars stopped all traffic flow, Hill explained.

“We were pulling one-way traffic in and out of Maroon Creek, and eventually it would plug the roundabout up,” he said. “It doesn’t take long to back that thing up. It started backing up [Tuesday] morning about 9:30 or so, and it was pretty backed up up until 2 o’clock or so.”

Hill said construction crews are now focusing on finishing the “bus kiss-and-ride” – a transit center planned adjacent to the intersection. He doesn’t expect any major traffic delays to result from work on that project.

The entire roundabout project is on schedule to be completed by mid-November, Hill added. When crews wrap up construction for the winter, the infrastructure for the reconfigured intersection will be finished, he said.

However, the final polishing, including adjacent landscaping, will not be completed until next summer.

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