Public gets its say on roundabout |

Public gets its say on roundabout

Aspen Times Staff Report

The public will have its say today on whether the county should spend $1.9 million to pay for the first phase of the Entrance to Aspen project.

A public hearing on whether the county should contribute to the cost of building transit lanes and replacing a signalized intersection with a roundabout at Maroon Creek Road and Highway 82 is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room.

Opponents will have to be especially convincing if they hope to prevail, as four of the commissioners have already said they want to spend the money, and the project is already under way.

Last month, the Elected Officials Transportation Committee, which includes all of the county commissioners, pledged $6.4 million in local money for the project. Like Pitkin County, the city of Aspen agreed to contribute $1.9 million to reach that total. The rest is coming from development fees and the transportation committee budget.

At a work session yesterday, county commissioners indicated they were not interested in finding another $7.2 million to build a transit tunnel beneath the roundabout to accommodate a possible future rail line, essentially rejecting a proposal by Aspen residents Nick DeWolf and Hans Gramiger.

Commissioner Patti Clapper spent much of yesterday’s hourlong discussion about Gramiger’s proposal to reiterate her opposition to the roundabout.

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