Power Plant Road open, with one restriction
There have been several letters to the editor about Aspen City Council’s decision to “close down” Power Plant Road. Many of the letters have contained inaccurate information, starting with the assertion that the road is closed to travelers.
Power Plant Road is open. What has been limited this summer by City Council is left turns onto Cemetery Lane from Power Plant Road from 3 to 6 p.m.
Power Plant remains open to those who wish to exit town and travel downvalley via McClain Flats. What the restriction does is inhibit drivers from cutting in front of other vehicles on Highway 82.
The decision to restrict this “cutting-in-line” phenomenon is an experiment. Council is looking to see if it keeps traffic moving better on Highway 82 (without all those cars coming onto 82 from the Cemetery Lane intersection) and if it reduces traffic through the adjacent neighborhood. At the end of the summer, the city will review the results and see what worked/what didn’t.
In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the matter with staff and Aspen City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please note that certain construction projects this summer may result in one-way traffic and delays on Power Plant Road for short periods of time.
community relations director, city of Aspen
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
Pitkin County administrators are proposing a more than $142 million budget for 2020, which is about $6 million less than this year because of fewer construction projects and capital improvements.