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Poll: Fix intersection

Aspen Times Staff Report

The wheels of government appear to move too slowly for our readers, who overwhelmingly this week supported putting safety before studies.

Almost 30 accidents, some fatal, have occurred at the Smith Way/Highway 82 intersection during the past year, according to a study by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff says the intersection is obviously dangerous and should be improved immediately.

The Colorado Department of Transportation acknowledged that there could be problems but wants to complete its own studies before making a decision on moving ahead with improvements. So this week we asked: Should Pitkin County pressure CDOT to make changes at Smith Way and Highway 82 immediately?

Of the 58 people who participated in this week’s poll, 71 percent said changes should be made immediately, while 29 percent felt the intersection should be left alone or fixed whenever CDOT is ready.

This week we’ll turn to something a little more festive. The Aspen Gay and Lesbian Community Fund has asked the Aspen City Council for permission to put up gay rainbow flags along Main Street during the annual Gay Ski Week.

Council members have yet to decide, though most members seem a little wary of the idea. Flags are already erected for special events like the World Cup and official holidays, but some fear this could set a precedent allowing any group to run up flags for their events.

So our question is: Should the Aspen Gay and Lesbian Community Fund be allowed to erect flags during Gay Ski Week?

Respond by going to our Web site at http://www.aspentimes.com, or by calling 925-3414, extension 218.


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