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Traffic death may have been prevented

As a Woody Creek resident, I am very concerned about the recent fatal crash at Smith Way and Highway 82. I am a retired member of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department. As such, I was certified in vehicle and bus extrication, and a first responder for emergency care. I responded to the referenced crash on Dec. 31, 1999. After that, the Colorado Department of Transportation made some safety improvements to the intersection, by relocating the down valley right turn lane off Highway 82 for better line of sight, and installing two large stop signs with flashing red lights at the top of Smith Way. The one for the Highway 82 crossover was apparently knocked down and replaced with a small, temporary stop sign with an old tire and an orange barrel. Its been that way for years. I’ve left phone messages to the CDOT offices in Glenwood and Denver with no response. If the large stop sign and flashing red light had been re-installed, this death may have been prevented. What’s it going to take to get CDOT to do their job? This is my opinion and not necessarily that of the Aspen Valley Fire Department.

Lanny Curtis

Woody Creek