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Unacceptable option

Dear Editor:

I have attended all of the local meetings held by Eagle County staff as well as the recent meeting of the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission for consideration of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s park-and-ride application. These plans for the park-and-ride and the intersection have been discussed at length, and the circumstances that are involved in the conclusion make Option 4B the “stakeholders'” preferred choice.

I must tell you that Option 4B is unacceptable to us and many if not all of our neighbors. Routing the intersection through a portion of our park and having RFTA access its park-and-ride from Sopris Village Drive will cause the residents of Sopris Village significant harm. By focusing all the traffic through the intersection for all the various users to a four-way stop directly at the entrance of Sopris Village, this plan will jeopardize the safety of our children and pedestrians within Sopris Village. The subdivision has narrow streets, and there are no sidewalks. It will cause a decrease in the quality of our lives with increased noise, emissions and traffic and will cause a loss of value to our homes.

It should not be the burden of the residents of Sopris Village to solve the problems of the various stakeholders while they all pursue their individual wish lists.

I respectfully ask that you consider the following suggestions and reconvene the stakeholders to revise this plan:

1. The Colorado Department of Transportation should add a signal at Highway 82 and J.W. Drive.

This not only will make this intersection safer for the residents of Blue Lake but will take some of the pressure off El Jebel Road and Valley Road, as well. It also will make that intersection appealing to users of the recreation center if it is ever built.

2. CDOT should apply the same standards to the El Jebel Road-Highway 82-Valley Road intersection that it used at the Highway 82-Willits Lane roundabout. That roundabout is approximately 200 feet from the highway, not 500 feet. I have attached a copy of Basalt’s CDOT access permit for your review.

3. Stakeholders should endorse Option 9 with the addition of a roundabout, again using the Willits Lane criteria.

• Pedestrian access to Crown Mountain Park from the park-and-ride could be across Sopris Village Drive and connect directly to the existing pathway.

• Crown Mountain and the Eagle County building retain existing infrastructure.

• This eliminates the need for a new road alignment in the park, preserves park land and open space and keeps the roadway away from the existing soccer fields.

• This saves taxpayer dollars.

Please do not be rushed into a decision that is not in the community’s best interest to accommodate RFTA’s construction schedule and grant requirements or Crown Mountain’s needs to get through your land-use approval process. The local community deserves a better project than Option 4B.

Michael Meiners


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