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Frequently Asked Questions About SH 82 HOV Lanes

How do I know where HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes are located?

HOV lanes on Highway 82 are indicated by a large, white diamond painted on the pavement in the right lane, as well as standard black and white regulatory as each Highway 82 project segment is completed.

Are HOV lane restrictions enforced 24 hours a day?

No! As a matter of fact, HOV lanes are open to all motorists 21 hours a day up valley and 21 hours a day down valley. HOV lanes will be strictly enforced Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. up valley (to Aspen) and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. down valley (to Basalt).

What is considered to be a High Occupancy Vehicle?

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.

Why does Highway 82 have HOV lanes?

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 Highway 82 widening plan. HOV lanes encourage carpooling and riding the bus, which helps improve our air quality.

What happens if I use the HOV lanes illegally during the restricted hours?

Drivers caught illegally in an HOV lane will be fined $65 for a first or second offense and $125 for a third and all subsequent offenses.

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