CONSTRUCTION TO RESUME IN 2020 With the 2019 construction season, crews made excellent progress on rockfall mitigation work, much of the retaining walls, two of three speed tables, and a portion of the widening. The project is well positioned for the remaining work activities. Looking ahead, construction and lane closures will resume in 2020 once temperatures begin to be workable. At this time, it is estimated that work will resume in April (subject to change).
Though there are a lot of factors to consider in the construction timeline, including weather and temperatures, the goal for substantial project completion is to have all work within the roadway completed by the end of June. Once crews get closer to resuming work, an update will be posted.
Key items that are remaining for 2020 construction are:
Road widening on both sides of the road (for trail)
Finishing the rockfall netting
Concrete work on the lower downhill side of the road
Hand rail and guardrail installation
Installation of the third speed hump
Storm sewer and inlet installation
Paving and road striping
Seeding of disturbed areas
Crews will keep lane closures as short as possible while facilitating necessary work activities when construction resumes. Expect alternating one-way lane closures with wait times similar to those in 2019.
PROJECT INFO LINE Project and construction information is updated on the project information line, 970-340-4335. The public is welcome to call with questions or concerns.
2019 - THE START OF CONSTRUCTION Construction of the Castle Creek Trail, a $4.2 million joint project of Pitkin County and the City of Aspen, began Aug. 12, 2019 on the west side of the road between the Marolt Trail crossing and the Aspen Music Festival and School campus entrance.
Posted below is a map of the Phase 1 work area and cross-sections of the project, as well as a press release regarding the project. The .06-mile Castle Creek Trail will connect Aspen's regional trail system to the Aspen Music School and Festival/Aspen Country Day School campus, improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists along a stretch of roadway that lacks shoulder area and has limited visibility. Speed bumps on the roadway and improved signage at the school entrance are also planned.
CASTLE CREEK PROJECT GOALS - ESTABLISHED AT 2017 OUTSET OF PLANNING FOR THIS PROJECT 1. Determine the need for a safe route in the Castle Creek corridor for cyclists and pedestrians connecting the Music School/Country Day campus to the City of Aspen trail system. 2. Investigate feasible options for trail design and alignment alternatives. 3. Analyze engineering and financial considerations. 4. Conduct a transparent public process with opportunities for open dialogue and participation.