Letter to the Editor: Silverthorne is not without blame for its traffic congestion issues

Dave Kennard

With great interest I read the Summit Daily article about Silverthorne’s take on its traffic problems, blaming out-of-town traffic for Highway 9 congestion.

It seems as if Silverthorne staff and officials think that everyone in Summit Sky Ranch, Smith Ranch and too-numerous-to-mention, new condo complexes along Blue River Parkway cause no traffic impact on Highway 9. They must think that all these new residents and weekend renters along with the landscapers, plumbers, HVAC service technicians and contractors all walk everywhere they go.

Instead of blaming traffic woes on somebody else, maybe they should look in house first and take some responsibility for the town’s problem. You can’t keep building and building and then think you are not adding to traffic.

One of the town’s solutions is to extend secondary roads. One only needs to look at the Interstate 70 frontage road backups near Dumont on a ski weekend to see how that works. I doubt any resident or business along Adams Street would look forward to having the same traffic backups that take place along Highway 9 as drivers try to circumvent traffic on it.

I realize that paid staff and town officials need to find problems and then come up with solutions, but they also need to admit that they caused some of the problems and need to rethink their kneejerk reaction solution. Let’s not play the blame game and also spend dollars on terrible solutions.

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