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In 1987, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process began for the section of highway between Basalt and Buttermilk. An EIS is required for most highway projects in order to determine the best transportation solutions and what is best for the environment. Because of the decisions in the study, peak-hour HOV lanes became a part of the SH82 widening plan. HOV lanes encourage carpooling and riding the bus, which helps improve our air quality.
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HOV lanes on SH82 are indicated by a large, white diamond painted on the pavement in the right lane, as well as standard black and white regulatory signs along the roadways. HOV lanes are open from Basalt to Buttermilk.
No, High Occupancy Vehicle lanes will be strictly enforced Monday through Friday, from 6 to 9 a.m. up valley (to Aspen), and from 3 to 6 p.m. down valley (to Basalt).
Primarily buses and carpools with at least two people in the car, counting the driver. Yes, kids count too! Motorcycles and alternative fuel vehicles can also use HOV lanes at all times, even if traveling alone.