Aspen open house to focus on Mill Street improvements |

Aspen open house to focus on Mill Street improvements

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The city of Aspen will hold an open house Wednesday to discuss improvements to the Mill Street corridor.

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the council’s meeting room in the basement of City Hall at 130 S. Galena St.

The corridor is described as South Mill Street, from its intersection with Main Street down to the Hyman Avenue area, where the Aspen Art Museum will be built. The open house is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the project and to weigh in with ideas.

Making the downtown core of Aspen more pedestrian-and-bike-friendly and focusing on travel modes other than the automobile has long been a goal of the city.

“The movement of people throughout Aspen is important to viability of our community not only now but into the future. As external factors make traditional modes of travel less appealing, we must look to improve our existing infrastructure to accommodate all user groups. The Mill Street project aims to create a street for today and tomorrow,” said Tyler Christoff, project manager for the city’s Engineering Department.

The project will use professional design and engineering services to develop and determine the feasibility and implementation of pedestrian crossings, streetscape improvements, bicycle lanes and traffic-calming measures.

Implementation could occur in late 2012 or early 2013. The city has $338,000 budgeted for the entire project, which includes construction.

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