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Letter: Replace lights with roundabouts

As a longtime valley commuter, I’d like to comment about the Entrance to Aspen. They don’t need another costly study. Simply put, traffic problems continue due to the shortsightedness of the redesigning of Highway 82.

Starting with the two lights at Buttermilk and going through Cemetery Lane, all traffic-control signals should have been replaced with traffic circles with a speed limit of 15 mph within the circles. An overall speed reduction, starting at the airport, to 35 mph would slow traffic entering the circles.

Had this been done, there would at least be a flow to the traffic regardless of the reduction from four lanes to two lanes, and the high-occupancy-vehicle lane and bus service would not have been affected. Instead, all they did was put in one traffic circle (the roundabout). The traffic-control signals previously named effectively negate the flow of that circle and defeat its purpose.

Other communities with multiple roundabouts have solved their flow problems. Why not Aspen? What conversation could have taken place, or still could take place, between the city and state to foster a real, workable solution on Highway 82?

K. Tafejian


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