MODIFIED PROPOSAL MOVING FORWARD Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and City of Aspen Parks and Open Space are seeking design work on a modified option for a trail in the Castle Creek corridor, connecting the city trail system to the Aspen Music Festival and School/Aspen Country Day School campus. The design work will include a more detailed cost estimate for the proposal. The Aspen City Council and Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners have agreed to have this work move forward.
The modified, east-side, separated trail now being pursued is described in the Castle Creek Trail Planning document below. The design would include an uphill bike lane and as much separated trail from the roadway on the east side as possible. Narrowing the trail to less than 6-8 feet wide, the uphill bike lane to less than 4 feet wide, and the buffer to less than 3 feet wide where necessary will limit the disturbance to vegetation, need for retaining walls, and reduce cost. This design will include increased safety signage and speed tables along the corridor. Lower speed limits in the corridor are also being considered.
Also posted directly below are public comments on three alternatives that were initially developed, and a summary of the public input. The three original alternatives are posted in the Conceptual Designs section. The East Side Trail Concept led to the modified alternative now under consideration.
CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS Three conceptual alignment alternatives and conceptual sketches for the Castle Creek Corridor Improvement Project are posted below. Each of them introduces concepts that consider safety improvements, public input, corridor users and site constraints. They were the subject of an online survey to collect public feedback; that survey closed Jan. 1st.
QUESTIONS? Find a link at the bottom of this page to ask questions or provide general comments, or request email updates on this project as it moves forward.
EXHIBIT A - INITIAL PUBLIC COMMENTS AND DATA (JULY-SEPTEMBER 2017) Submitted comments and feedback from the initial public comment period (July-September 2017) have been collected in an initial public comment exhibit. Names, contact information and addresses have been redacted from the public version of the document in an effort to protect privacy. Click here to view and download Exhibit A. Exhibit A is also available below, under Additional Information.
CASTLE CREEK PROJECT GOALS 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.