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Pedestrian safety at Buttermilk highway crossing a pricey concern

Aspen Public Radio News

Elected officials from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County will discuss spending $40,000 to analyze the need for an improved pedestrian crossing at Buttermilk.


Pitkin County officials are concerned about the safety of pedestrians at the busy spot on the highway. At its last meeting, the transportation committee rejected a similar proposal to study improvements because of cost.  

The proposed study would analyze safety, cost, and options like an underpass or a bridge for the crossing. The board has budgeted $8 million for construction, but Brian Pettet, Pitkin County’s public works director, said the actual project cost would likely be much higher.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.