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Daily Editorial: Traffic’s not that bad

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

So it takes Minturn residents living along Highway 24 about half a minute to back out of their driveways.

Traffic has been backing up on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, thanks in part to construction traffic in Dowd Junction.

In the meantime, residents up and down the valley are finding that their commute to work sometimes takes a little longer than it used to.

There’s just too many damn people on the roads.

This used to be a small town. People move here to escape the traffic in places like Chicago or Los Angeles. We get it.

But let’s get a little perspective here.

While Eagle and Edwards residents are forced to wait through a few stoplight cycles to get to the interstate, commuters along California’s Highway 101 are used to an hour commute or longer just to go to 20 miles.

The construction gridlock in Dowd Junction can be unbearable. We know of local residents who have spent the better part of an hour just trying to drive the 10 miles between the Avon to Vail exits. That sometimes happens. In Denver, it can take drivers an hour or more to go the same distance. That happens frequently during rush hour, and not because of some construction project.

So while local leaders should work to make sure our traffic never resembles that in Denver, Chicago or Los Angeles, try to keep cool when you have to wait an extra minute to get out of the Riverwalk in Edwards. It could be so much worse.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board

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