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Pitkin County calls on superhero

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY ” Pitkin County wants to know your feelings about the condition of the county’s roads and bridges, and officials are hoping you’ll tell it to a newly created superhero, Asphalt Man, and his female sidekick, Guardrail Girl.

The pair can be found at a county-based website, http://www.knowyourroads.com, and contacted by sending an e-mail to asphaltman@knowyourroads.com, or guardrailgirl@knowyourroads.com, or by calling Pat Bingham at the community relations office at 920-5204.

The website features Google video, podcasts, a KidsQuiz, a Road Poll, a game called “Name That Road” and other features designed to inject a little fun into an otherwise rather dry exercise.

The county maintains 111 miles of paved road and an additional 153 miles of dirt and gravel roads, which were ranked in “fair” condition in a recent 20-year master plan.

And maintaining the roads only at current levels will mean they will worsen to poor

condition within a decade, according to county officials.

“This problem isn’t unique with Pitkin County,” said county public works director Brian Pettet. “Government agencies across the nation are struggling with the responsibility of maintaining deteriorating road and bridge infrastructure and the need to provide additional highway capacity for increasing traffic volumes. Construction costs are exceeding all economic inflation estimates [especially in the upper Roaring Fork Valley], while revenues are relatively flat.”

Pettet said his department has come up with a list that combines obvious county road safety/capacity improvement projects with capital improvement projects requested by caucuses around the county. These 14 projects total $34.5 million in improvements, he said, adding that current funding levels would only allow four of the 14 projects to be completed over the next 20 years.

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