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Aspen OKs ’round-the-clock interior construction during offseason

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Construction crews can now work 24 hours a day on indoor projects, so long as they do not disturb neighboring residents or businesses, the Aspen City Council decided Monday night.

The extended hours for interior construction will remain in effect through the offseason; previously, indoor work was limited to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the shoulder seasons except in emergency situations.

“There has to be a rule of reason to this,” said Mayor Mick Ireland. “We don’t want jack-hammering and circular saws going at all hours where someone can hear them. But painting, varnishing … I don’t think that’s a problem.”

To that end, contractors wishing to work around the clock must submit to the city’s engineering department a request outlining the types of work to be done. The request will be reviewed, and acceptable work will be approved.

“In the commercial core, I’m all for it. It makes sense,” said Councilman Torre, who lives in downtown Aspen. “Under these guidelines, I, as a resident, can say something if it’s too loud. We have a safeguard.”

If a complaint is received about a project being too loud, a warning will be issued. If subsequent complaints are received, the project could be red-tagged for nighttime construction or red-tagged for all construction.