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Questioning road safety

Dear Editor:

How ridiculous was the question for county commissioners in the paper regarding where county offices should be? I would like to know what these candidates are going to do about something important, like keeping roads in the county safe.

Yesterday, I witnessed (again) a dump truck blow through a red light at Aspen Village. I frequently drive the highway between Basalt and Aspen and notice:

1) how dirty the shoulders are.

2) signs of car wrecks, including one in Snowmass Canyon where the guard rail is still crumbled and the “do not cross” tape still flaps in the wind.

3) that the Smith Hill entrance on to the east-bound lane is still waiting to be fixed. It is another death waiting to happen, and it is not a top priority.

4) traffic enforcement is minimal. I saw a deputy parked near the landfill at 11:30 a.m. yesterday. Where were was he/she at 8:15 a.m. when the truck blew through the light?

The safety of people who travel the main corridor in and out of Aspen should be a top priority for commissioners. Despite the fact that Highway 82 is a state road, it runs through the heart of Pitkin County. So commissioners, what really constructive thing would you do to make Highway 82 safer?

Kim Vieira

Aspen


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