Craig Suwinski: Vote ‘no’ on Keystone PID |

Craig Suwinski: Vote ‘no’ on Keystone PID

Craig Suwinski

The recent Goslau letter left me puzzled. It referenced a 1974 study about: “traffic signals at Rasor Drive and Montezuma Road.”

CDOT reworked the Highway 6/Montezuma Road intersection years ago, without a signal.

CDOT looked at Razor Drive/Highway 6 when the Sanctuary subdivision was built. Traffic numbers and safety didn’t warrant a signal at Razor, or a left turn out of Sanctuary.

Highway 6 doesn’t change without CDOT approval. (I previously wrote: CDOT Engineer Bernie Guevutra said there was no out of the ordinary safety situation in Keystone. Sheriff Minor and Highway Patrol Captain Prater agreed. Captain Prater e-mailed that a trooper felt flashing pedestrian signals should be considered).

Goslau said the 36-year-old study “outlined two pedestrian tunnels “around Liftside and Ski Run and … (around) … Oro Grande Drive.”

Oro Grande Drive is across from The Enclave with its 48 units.

At Razor Drive there is no land on the southeast side of the highway to construct an underpass entrance. The southwest side has Cinnamon Ridge; Northwest, the Arapahoe Inn. On the northeast is Mountain View Plaza, which the Keystone shuttle serves.

It is my understanding there aren’t any extra, non-required, parking spots at these locations, leaving no space for underpass entrances.

Now the costs. A-Basin recently built an underpass which cost a few hundred thousand. It was a “simple” structure, since Highway 6 is elevated there. They made a cut, built the underpass and covered it up.

In the areas Goslau noted, Highway 6 is about level with bordering properties, and the highway is three times wider than at A-Basin.

The cost for one underpass? Maybe close to $1 million? Ongoing maintenance and electricity would be substantial.

Vote “no” on Keystone PID. There is no realistic plan for the millions it would raise.

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