CDOT should not give green light to stoplight |

CDOT should not give green light to stoplight

Some people in this valley probably remember when no stoplights existed on Highway 82 past Glenwood Springs. Now, however, it seems just when traffic starts to pick up speed and get going, there’s another light ahead turning red. The latest proposal for a stoplight is by developer David Hicks, at the entrance to a commercial development he wants to do right outside of Glenwood Springs city limits.

That is just one light too many.

One more stoplight will mean longer waits, slower traffic, more likely traffic jams. These days, that translates into speeding, lane changing and road rage. The whole idea of a highway is to move traffic along, which is what everyone wants to do, too.

To be fair, Mr. Hicks has offered to pay for installation of the light. However, the decision is up to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which has not identified it as an intersection needing a light yet. Because the Roaring Fork Marketplace light is so close by, that decision makes sense. Fine-tuning the timing of the Roaring Fork Marketplace light and the Westbank light might solve some of the traffic issues for now.

More importantly, traffic and speed enforcement should be a priority in that area.

There are already too many stoplights on Highway 82. Granted, some are very necessary, such as the one at the Carbondale intersection, or Basalt. This stoplight, however, isn’t necessary just yet.

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