Transportation director Krueger was recently quoted as saying “That’s really pretty amazing for any community to hold the line like that” (“Aspen traffic back at boom-time levels,” Aspen Daily News, Jan. 16). He was talking about traffic volumes over the Castle Creek bridge. He would be more amazed to discover the volumes were about the same in 1970. Aspen is essentially a town on a “dead-end” road. No traffic generators exist beyond the town. Additionally, anti-growth policies and the high cost of property stifles development. All towns down the valley are growing. Look at the problems Glenwood Springs has with traffic on Grand Avenue, or the entrance to Carbondale.
Aspen planners got what they wanted and are now suffering they consequences of decisions made many years ago.