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A roundabout way to Carbondale

John Hoffmann

Dear Editor,

There will be a special meeting to discuss the 133 Corridor Study with a CDOT Representative at the Carbondale Town Hall this coming Wednesday, May 8, from 4-7 pm. Please attend.

The study indicates the need for improvements at the intersection of Highways 82 and 133 and for the 2 miles up to Meadowood Drive on 133. The intersection study suggests either a high, round flyover extending over the deep cut on Red Hill or a tall, cloverleaf like interchange extending over the Roaring Fork River. The study does not discuss a roundabout and shows no pedestrian/pedal access across the river or under 82 and 133.

The study for the two miles of 133 suggests eight stoplights, starting at Dolores Way and ending at Meadowood Drive, and shows six traffic lanes with pedestrianpedal paths on both sides of 133.

Some thoughts:

We can build a roundabout with a pedestrian underpass for a fraction of the cost of the cloverleaf and make the two-lane bridge work well enough for years to come.

We can put in just a roundabout for a cost similar to a stoplight. It could get us to Meadowood with no lights.

Stoplights are loud, costly, time consuming and add tons of pollution yearly with a visible haze from idling and accelerating autos.

The cost of $36 million for the Interchange/four-lane bridge will not be funded by CDOT for at least 10 years.

With the overpass and lights we could look much like downtown Denver and Colfax Avenue.

We must insist on pedestrian/pedal access across the river and under the highway. It is a vital link for a recreational route offering fishing, biking, walking and boating that could also attract tourist dollars.

Carbondale government and volunteers have been doing a great job making this a safe, fun, bedroom community to live in. Let’s keep up the momentum for quality of life and safe, clean transportation.

We can be the example the rest of the valley wants to follow. Encouraging new developments to be community- and environmentally friendly by including profuse pedestrian/bike paths along with commuting facilities into their designs. Let’s promote all nonpolluting, self-actuated and mass transportation options.

Thanks for your time,

John Hoffmann

Carbondale


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