PROJECT SLATED FOR FINAL DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION IN 2019 A modified trail design for the Castle Creek Corridor project has received budget approval from the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners and the Aspen City Council. It is slated for construction in 2019.
The estimated total cost of the project is $2.6 million. The city's portion would be $530,000, while the county's portion is estimated at $2,093,000, offset by $250,000 received with the development approval for the Aspen Music School/Aspen Country Day School campus that the trail would serve.
The project, intended to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists moving between the city trail system and the school campus, includes a 6-foot trail on the east side of Castle Creek Road, along with increased safety signage, speed tables and a widened shoulder on the west side of the road. Below is a memo regarding the latest plans that was distributed to the city and county open space boards in August 2018. Also posted are sketches of trail sections and perspectives, and a set of plans that represents engineering work at 30 percent completion.
BACKGROUND: THE EVOLUTION OF THIS PROJECT Posted below are planning documents and public input that was considered by the two boards and led to the trail design that was ultimately approved. Three original alternatives are posted in the Conceptual Designs section. The East Side Trail Concept led to the modified alternative that ultimately received the go-ahead from the city and county.
CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS Three conceptual alignment alternatives and conceptual sketches for the Castle Creek Corridor Improvement Project are posted below. Each of them introduced 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. 1, 2018.
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.