NOV. 25 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Thank you to project neighbors and stakeholders for your patience this season as construction crews make excellent progress on the Castle Creek Corridor Improvement project. Crews are keeping a close eye on weather conditions and work is progressing nicely.
On November 25, crews reopened the road to two lanes for the holiday weekend and there will be no construction Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1. The lane closure will be put back into effect early December for rockfall mitigation work to continue. Rockfall mitigation work is expected to continue until mid-December as weather permits. Thank you for your patience as crews finish the final activities for this year.
PROJECT INFO LINE Project and construction information is updated on the project information line, 970-340-4335. The public is welcome to call with questions or concerns.
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 was put in place with the intention that work would 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.
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.