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Safer Ped Crossing To Come At Buttermilk

At a meeting Thursday, elected officials will discuss two ways to improve alternative transportation near Aspen.


Earlier this year, the Elected Officials Transportation Committee (EOTC) approved a study of the pedestrian crossing at Buttermilk. On Thursday, Pitkin County staff will present results, which show that improving that crossing would both increase safety for those on foot and reduce traffic delays. Now, staff is asking for $800,000 to complete design work for a pedestrian underpass at that location.

Officials will also discuss funding a new electric bus program. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is looking to purchase eight battery powered busses that would be used in Aspen and parts of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. The total cost is estimated at about $8.5 million; the EOTC is being asked to contribute $500,000.

The meeting starts Thursday at 4 p.m. at Aspen City Council chambers.


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.
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