OCT. 4 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE The contractor recently completed the retaining wall closest to the Aspen Music Festival / Country Day School campus and has begun work on the speed humps. Paving work on the shoulder will begin. Construction activities will continue through early November. The current wait time at the traffic light remains about 5 to 8 minutes. It is anticipated that the work zone will shorten to 1,600 feet in the week of Oct. 14. The shorter the work zone length, the shorter the wait time at the traffic signal.
Motorists should obey all signage and plan for an additional 10 minutes of travel time to get to a destination when traveling through the work zone. Everyone's patience is appreciated as the project progresses.
AUG. 12 CONSTRUCTION BEGINS Construction of the Castle Creek Trail, a $4.2 million joint project of Pitkin County and the City of Aspen, began Aug. 12 on the west side of the road between the Marolt Trail crossing and the Aspen Music Festival and School campus entrance. Alternating, one-way traffic is in place. The work will continue into early November. Construction of the trail itself will take place in 2020.
Travelers on Castle Creek Road will encounter alternating, one-way traffic controlled by temporary, timed traffic signals in the work zone. Crews may be working in multiple locations. Motorists and bicyclists are urged to proceed slowly in construction areas, and bicyclists should queue behind motorists for safer passage through the construction zone. Please obey all signs.
A project information line has been established at 970-340-4335.
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.