Concerns about roundabout in Breckenridge still not allayed |

Concerns about roundabout in Breckenridge still not allayed

Thank you, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project manager Lisa Kassels for your response and explanation of the proposed Breckenridge roundabout. My concerns still have not been addressed, however.

By eliminating the ability to turn left from northbound Main Street onto North Park Avenue, travelers will have a much longer and much less convenient route to access the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Summit County Justice Center, Great Adventure Sports, Loaf-N-Jug and other businesses at the Parkway Center.

You suggested drivers can go all the way to Valley Brook Road then backtrack south to access the Justice Center or the rec center.

This is adding a lot of extra driving and adding miles to vehicle trips when the town of Breckenridge needs very much to reduce vehicle trips and miles traveled.

You also stated drivers can turn left at French Street and cut through the Parkway Center where City Market is.

As I said in my first comments, this only will increase traffic through the shopping center and increase risk to pedestrians and shoppers.

It also will place an unfair burden on the owners and tenants of the commercial spaces at and near City Market.

I think it is irresponsible for CDOT to encourage traffic to shortcut through private property, albeit commercial property.

Since my first letter about the proposed roundabout was printed in the Summit Daily News, a lot of people have commented to me they don’t like the idea of the roundabout and really dislike eliminating the left turn onto North Park Avenue.

“Why make it a roundabout?” they ask. “Why can’t it just be a stoplight with a sweeping turn onto North Park for the southbound travelers?”

I am sending this letter to the Summit Daily News to encourage anyone with concerns about the roundabout to please write CDOT and the town of Breckenridge, or else we will be stuck with something we don’t like.

Again, I am asking CDOT and the town of Breckenridge to please reconsider the alignment of the proposed roundabout and make this important intersection one that works for the entire community.

Leigh Girvin


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