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Wanted: straight answers

I know of many people like me that would like straight answers (pun unintended) to some of the following questions: Why can’t we have an updated, serious study on widening the S curves, which would include magnetic rail, and the use of properties now for sale or destined for demolition, if we really want four lanes coming into town?

Why we need more cars coming faster into Aspen? Just to slow them down with more police enforcement, more lights, speed bumps, whatever?

Where are we going to put more cars if we encourage more traffic into town? And I question the cost of the project: $60 million for a half-mile (which means $120 million per mile!). AND also the benefit of the time saved: 34 seconds – WHY?

And to top all that, the straight shot project calls for a 400-foot tunnel – can you imagine entering Aspen through a tunnel? In one stroke this project will destroy open space and the character of town.

Perhaps Tony-Tim-Tom would care to give some straight answers to these questions before we sign our land to the Colorado Department of Transportation? Would they also consider reversing Resolution 34 until they gather the support of the majority of the Aspen voters?

I really believe that this would be the honest and politically smart thing for them to do.

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Lenir Drake

Aspen