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Letter: Sign language

Two years ago, I was driving my 23-foot RV over Independence Pass toward Twin Lakes for the first time. I encountered a vehicle transport with eight cars on the trailer right at the narrowest S-curve. With many cars behind me, I could not back up. I was on the outside and it was terrifying. Being an Aspen native, I have driven the pass many, many times and never felt the least bit nervous. We managed to pass each other with a scrape on the side of my camper. The horrified look on the drivers face was what kept me from reporting him.

There are many ineffectual signs saying not to proceed if your vehicle is longer than 35 feet. They do not keep the truckers from trying.

I’ve also noticed that there are no visual signs. They say not to go any farther, but not why they shouldn’t. We have visual signs everywhere else warning us of deer, slippery roads, etc.

Some of us are visual learners. I personally find a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Before we spend $500,000 on the proposed solution, how about putting up several of the yellow signs with the curvy graphic and arrow on top and something under it that says “Narrow, curving single-lane road”?

Christine Interlante


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