PROJECT SLATED FOR FINAL DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION IN 2019 The Castle Creek Corridor project is slated for construction in 2019. The Board of County Commissioners and Open Space and Trails Board were updated on the latest designs on June 4th.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has been working with the county's Public Works Department and the City of Aspen to finalize the design and construct the Castle Creek Trail and rockfall mitigation. The design is 90 percent complete and the contractor is working on providing updated costs.
Below are typical cross-sections of the trail as now designed. The updated count of trees larger than 4 inches in diameter that will be removed is 53 in the county and 11 in the city. All tree removals in the county will be on the west side of Castle Creek Road.
PREVIOUSLY... In 2018, the estimated total cost of the project was $2.6 million. The city's portion was slated at $530,000, while the county's portion was 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. Both the city and county previously approved budget allocations for the project.
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.
BACKGROUND: THE EVOLUTION OF THIS PROJECT Posted below are planning documents and public input that was considered by the two boards and led to a trail design that is currently in final design.
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.