PROJECT UPDATE - APRIL 9, 2020 In the interest of public safety and due to the critical status of the project, on April 7, the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners moved to proceed with construction of the Castle Creek Corridor Improvement Project. Completing the last 40% of construction activities is a priority for public safety because it includes the platform widening and rockfall mitigation.
All work activities will be performed in accordance with social distancing requirements and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines for construction activities. The contractor, Gould Construction, has implemented an extensive safety plan that is in line with best practices to keep workers and the traveling public safe during construction.
Additionally, with the temporary stay-at-home order for all of Colorado and the Pitkin County Public Health Order, the public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO and avoid all nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the road, crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.
CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC IMPACTS Construction activities and the lane closure with alternating one-way traffic will resume on Monday, April 20 (weather permitting). Crews will keep lane closures as short as possible while facilitating necessary work activities. Expect alternating, one-way lane closures with hold times similar to those experienced last year.
Bike riders must queue behind cars with a physical distance of at least six feet and must and wait for all cars to proceed before entering the traffic control area.
Though there are a lot of factors to consider in the construction timeline, including weather and temperatures, the goal for substantial project completion is to have all work within the roadway completed by the end of June.
Key items that are remaining for 2020 construction are:
Road widening on both sides of the road (for trail)
Finishing the rockfall netting
Concrete work on the lower, downhill side of the road
Hand rail and guardrail installation
Installation of the third speed hump
Storm sewer and inlet installation
Paving and road striping
Seeding of disturbed areas
PROJECT INFORMATION Ongoing project progress information and roadway impacts will be routinely distributed and published. Project and construction information will also be updated on the project information line, 970-340-4335. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
2019 - THE START OF CONSTRUCTION Construction of the Castle Creek Trail, a $4.2 million joint project of Pitkin County and the City of Aspen, began Aug. 12, 2019 on the west side of the road between the Marolt Trail crossing and the Aspen Music Festival and School campus entrance.
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.