Traffic still at ’93 level |

Traffic still at ’93 level

The overall number of vehicles traveling in and out of Aspen from the west remains at or below 1993 levels, though traffic counts topped that target during some months this year.The Environmental Impact Statement for the Entrance to Aspen, a federal document that outlines improvements to Highway 82, including a new Maroon Creek bridge, calls for maintaining traffic at 1993 levels as a project objective.”Overall, we’re making that goal … to cap traffic at 1993 levels,” said Randy Ready, assistant city manager.Through May, daily traffic averaged 22,096 vehicles – below the 1993 level of 23,675, according to John Krueger, transportation programs manager for the city.January traffic was slightly higher than the 1993 target, February was below it and March traffic exceeded 1993 levels by 2.5 percent. April traffic counts were slightly higher than the goal, while vehicle counts in May were slightly below it.Five days in March saw record traffic counts for the month; March 19 set a record for the month with 30,074 vehicles crossing the Castle Creek bridge.

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