Aspen going in circles on traffic studies
Here we go again. Another traffic study. It’s reported that our City Council wants to spend $100,000 on a traffic study of the roundabout (“CDOT gives Aspen roundabout ‘D’ grade; city council considers $100k for traffic study,” Nov. 12, aspentimes.com). How many traffic studies do we need and how much money has to be wasted to determine what everyone knows?
The roundabout is a mess. It’s graded “D” by the Colorad Department of Transportation. You simply can’t have the entrance to city with a 10 mph speed limit roundabout simultaneously servicing a busy state highway and two other busy roads. We need an overpass/underpass providing unimpeded traffic for Highway 82, and then a new method for accommodating traffic to and from Castle Creek and Maroon Creek roads.
Yes, it will be expensive, but any other solution will simply not work.
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