Afternoon rush hour a drain on area residents
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Acting on the pleas of residents in the West End, the Aspen City Council decided Monday to enact a number of measures designed to get afternoon commuters out of the neighborhood. Motorists often use the West End neighborhood to avoid gridlock on Main Street during afternoon rush hour, which occurs between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.Dubbed as “traffic calming” measures, city officials have been directed by council to install two new stop signs at Fifth and Sixth streets on Smuggler Street, as well as close off Power Plant Road leading to Cemetery Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during construction of a new hydroplant. Exceptions will be made to those who live off Power Plant Road.The council also agreed to not allow left-hand turns to be made between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Power Plant onto Cemetery Lane to prevent motorists from accessing Highway 82. …Those restrictions will be implemented in June and will remain in place throughout the summer.
By Carolyn Sackariason, April 6, 2010 Aspen Times