Phyllis Coletta: Traffic a problem

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— I recently moved to Steamboat and I love it, but I'm confused. I can't seem to make a left-hand turn on Lincoln Avenue - ever. Now, I came from New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, and we didn't have a lot of $30 million libraries or $34 million rec centers, but we could make left-hand turns on busy streets because of these little green left-turn arrows that probably cost about $1.50.

Given the brainpower here, I'm sure somebody has already thought of this, but I shouldn't have to go to Oak Street to get to a light so I can cross Lincoln to Yampa. I read today that folks have been thinking about this traffic thing for four decades. Just some green arrows to start. As we say in Jersey, "I'm just sayin'." Thanks.

Phyllis Coletta

Steamboat Springs

Comments

zirkel 6 years, 11 months ago

I can't help but notice the irony in letters from newly-arrived residents about traffic issues.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 11 months ago

Best way to make a left turn onto Lincoln Ave. with no additional City costs? Make 3 right turns.

I still like ID's walking overpass ideas. Biggest problem with that, though, is that to accomodate larger vehicles, the height would put it higher than most buildings on Lincoln. Of course, that also means that all these new lodging units overlooking Lincoln Ave. will be allow their owners to maybe just walk out the door to an overpass. How convenient!!!

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steamboatlover 6 years, 11 months ago

I have known Phyllis for a long time before her move here, and to call her new to Steamboat when she's been coming here for years is a bit of an insult. She is a great lady with thought provoking ideas and I'm glad to call her my friend, and that she is so involved in the community already. Too bad more people here, including old-timers, can't say the same.

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madmoores 6 years, 11 months ago

I have made this suggestion in the past, why is it so hard to accomplish?

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id04sp 6 years, 11 months ago

Kielbasa,

Look into the details. Power lines cross side streets where larger vehicles go. I think it's 13 feet. That's not so bad.

The overpasses would also be great places to post ads promoting various local activities. Think of the Christmas decorations we could have for about 3 minutes before everybody threw a rod over the religious celebration . . .

Of course, given the way things usually run around here, they'd hire a contractor who would build overpasses that would flood like the tunnel under the injustice center.

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