MODIFIED PROPOSAL ADVANCES TO BUDGET DISCUSSION A modified trail design for the Castle Creek Corridor project will be presented to the Pitkin County Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 11 a.m. at the county's administration building at 530 E. Main St., Aspen. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting.
Commissioners will review design work to date and decide if the modified plan should be included in the 2019 Pitkin County budget. The latest design was previously reviewed by the county's Open Space and Trails Board and the City of Aspen Parks and Open Space Board in early August. The Open Space and Trails Board recommended the project's inclusion in the county's 2019 budget, while the city Parks and Open Space Board recommended the Aspen City Council include the joint project in the city's 2019 budget.
The latest design, intended to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists moving between the city trail system and the Aspen Music School/Aspen Country Day 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 two open space boards for their August meeting. Also posted are sketches of trail sections and perspectives, and a set of plans that represents engineering work at 30 percent completion.
Posted below are planning documents and public input previously considered by the two boards, which led to the latest trail design that is up for discussion on Aug. 2nd. 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.
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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.