Today was Day 1 of 95 days without the main bridge that delivers commuters across the Colorado River and the Rio Grande Railroad tracks to and from Aspen and all towns in between!
There has been at least one YEAR of heavy advertising preparing us for today. I’ve seen it in the local newspapers, heard in on the Radio Stations and it has been on all of my social media feeds. I recognize that since my occupation is DRIVING, I tend to stay informed about road closures and such. It would seem to me that as a commuter you would stay informed too- but apparently not!
I witnessed people driving OVER the white plastic mounted lane dividers making the right lane of Interstate 70 an exit only lane. People just decided they didn’t care and drove over them. I saw driver after driver STOP and ask the flaggers for directions of how to get where they wanted to go. Excuse me- why do the rest of us have to wait for you? The flaggers are there to keep everyone moving in an orderly fashion- NOT for your personal map service.
I may sound a bit agitated and I apologize. I knew it would make my day longer and harder. I just didn’t expect to see the level of selfishness from drivers who somehow missed the MANY MEMOS that were put out about this detour. It will improve- we are like sheep and once we learn our ‘NEW’ route it will go quicker.
I appreciate that RFTA is offering FREE bus services from Parachute to Glenwood during this time. I urge anyone who can to please utilize this amazing service. I know using a bus takes a little more time, but it does remove more cars from the road and it gives you the opportunity to relax to and from work. I know, I know- what gives me the right to ask you to take the bus and not do it myself? I am a courier. What that means is that I am carpooling- with packages instead of passengers. Most days I am carrying packages from 15 or more different clients. I pick up and drop off all the way to Aspen and all the way back down from Aspen.
By sending your packages with me or calling and having me run your errands you are reducing the amount of cars trying to make it through this detour! We take most packages for only $13.00. My morning commute took 1 hr 45 minutes to get from Canyon Creek to McDonald’s. I believe everyone’s time is worth more than $13 for nearly 2 hours ?!?! By having multiple packages going to and from is how we keep our prices low. Consider saving yourself some time and money!
And in the meantime- STOP TRYING TO TALK TO THE FLAGGERS! Here is the official explanation of what a flagger is doing:
Flaggers are the people on construction sites who control traffic. They are the men and women along roads and highways who help traffic keep flowing through a construction zone, despite a shutdown of lanes. Flaggers often work in teams, with each person controlling the flow of traffic in a certain direction. (NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY GIVE DIRECTIONS TO EACH DRIVER THAT REFUSED TO LOOK INTO THE ROAD CLOSURE).