Barbara Platts

 The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be paving near the roundabout at the entrance to Aspen tomorrow morning, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.


Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A large turnaround lane is planned to be built on Highway 82 so semi trucks won’t go over Independence Pass. Some people are skeptical.

CDOT, county to alter 82 near pass

Truck turnaround proposed at base of Indy Pass

And a Rifle-based journalist gets hazed about his column that takes a shot at Aspen.

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass.



Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

Bustang, the state’s first-ever inter-regional bus service, is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. And its popularity has exceeded expectations.

Operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation, Bustang has exceeded ridership predictions by 15,000 passengers. And revenue projections by 36 percent.

Bustang offers three major service routes: between Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado Springs and Denver, and Glenwood Springs and Denver. And last month, Bustang welcomed its 100,000th passenger.

The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is on time, after chugging along for more than five months. A key goal now for the Colorado Department of Transportation is making sure river users know about upcoming closures.


  The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking for public input, with telephone town hall meetings around the state. That includes one in the Roaring Fork Valley area.

Barbara Platts / Aspen Public Radio


This morning’s delays should be no more than 20 minutes as crews set up head-to-head traffic lanes around the circle. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommends drivers take a detour via Mclain Flats and Cemetery Lane, unless travelers need to get to Maroon Creek or Castle Creek roads.

Motorists should expect delays up to an hour at the Aspen Roundabout next Tuesday, May 24.

A harsh winter left the state-owned roundabout spotted with potholes. The Colorado Department of Transportation is responding to a request from the city of Aspen to resurface the road.


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Traffic delays begin today in Glenwood Canyon as workers build  what the Colorado Department of Transportation calls a permanent solution to rockfall dangers.

The permanent rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon will cause 30-minute delays for traffic in both directions May 10, 11 and 12, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

This project, which is classified as an emergency, comes after the February rock slide when the canyon was closed for several days. CDOT anticipates finishing the project by Sept. 1.

Carolyn Sackariason

  The dream of building the first Habitat for Humanity house in Aspen has been quashed by the realities of development. Carolyn Sackariason reports.


In 2014, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley had its sights set on building a duplex just east of Aspen. It’s where an old A-frame house on Cooper Avenue now sits.

But access issues from Highway 82 and neighbor concerns have derailed the project.

Scott Gilbert is the executive director of the local Habitat chapter.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Barbara Platts

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials said they are on schedule to open all lanes in Glenwood Canyon the first week of May and the highway shouldn’t fully shut down again in the meantime.

Elise Thatcher

Pedestrians no longer have their own bridge across the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The popular mode of travel for getting from one side of town to the other is now a walkway, next to four lanes of traffic. Tourists and visitors appear to be embracing the new temporary connection.

Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Jimmy Thomas

  Glenwood Canyon has been one of the hottest topics in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last two weeks, but there was barely a peep about one of the fastest ways to avoid closures or detours.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says it will open two-way traffic through Glenwood Canyon around 4pm today.

Glenwood Canyon open to nighttime driving

Feb 22, 2016
Colorado Dept. of Transportation

  Glenwood Canyon has been partially reopened after being shut down a week ago due to multiple rockslides. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened one lane at 6 o’clock last night and will keep it open until 9 a.m. today. For the next several days, the canyon will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so crews can continue removing loose rock, repairing the road and installing fencing to stabilize the rockwall.

Valley Roundup 2-19-16

Feb 19, 2016

  Guests this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt, Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.