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Dale Brinkman: Truckers could help us out

In my industry (health care), we utilize “demonstration projects” to test concepts prior to implementation. Would it be possible to test the solutions you proposed by Commissioner Gibbs? I have had a town home in Keystone for 13 years. Fortunately, I am able to avoid the ski traffic most of the time. I would think that if the Motor Carriers Association was willing to at least test the concept, we would be able to address projected concerns verses facts.

As a driver, it is easy to observe that the highway becomes one lane rather than two each time a truck needs to be passed. Each car in the right lane has to merge with those in the left. Limiting trucks would provide an additional lane without the costs projected to add the third lane. When one truck attempts to pass another ascending Georgetown hill, even one lane does not remain available for the normal flow of traffic. Then the entire highway backs up.

As stated in your article, truckers do not enjoy sitting in traffic either. Is the comment that truckers would need to sit on the side of the road really the only way peak traffic times could be avoided? I would think that there is enough flexibility in trucking schedules to miss a two-hour window twice on Saturday and Sunday. Come on.

I have the luxury of waiting out the traffic. I know skiers who now cut their ski day short to avoid the rush home and also have to be on I-70 by 6 a.m. to go skiing. They are adjusting their schedules. We could use a little help from the truckers. The $20 billion price tag should at least be enough of an incentive to test the idea in comparison to the inconveniences presented by the Motor Carriers Association.

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