Perhaps a better solution?
Dear Editor:I can’t help but wonder why City Council, in response to their task force’s recommendation, is suggesting changes to the traffic flow from Cemetery Lane toward Aspen.Looks like they have approved a change and soon, Aspen-bound traffic will be required to turn right and go around the roundabout, and loop back into town. This seems particularly ridiculous because I see the bogged-down mess at the roundabout most mornings. For example, many drivers coming from downvalley will get into the right lane, enter the roundabout in the outer lane and exit toward Aspen. This technique not only allows the driver to sneak ahead of those that have merged left to wait to enter the roundabout (the right way) – it also prevents those who are waiting to enter from Maroon Creek and Castle Creek roads from joining the roundabout to travel into Aspen.This particular pet peeve of mine is close to the other pet peeve toward drivers using the HOV lane when they are not HOV positive.This sneaking around the outside lane of the roundabout causes traffic constipation particularly when school is in session. There is a long line of cars waiting to enter the roundabout after dropping off children in the morning. This long line of cars also prevents RFTA buses from entering Maroon Creek Road when they drop off passengers at the bus stop area at the roundabout, in addition to trying to turn left to go back toward Aspen, the bus must wait for cars going up Maroon Creek Road. Yes, I’m a frequent bus passenger and I usually carpool when I must drive into Aspen for work. I’ve lived here 10 years and haven’t seen much of an improvement with the commute from my home 16 miles downvalley – it still takes at least 30-45 minutes – longer in winter.In my opinion, adding another inflow of vehicles to the roundabout won’t improve matters much. That would be like adding another artery into a clogged heart. Perhaps there’s a better solution?Wendy WarmSnowmass
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