Aspen wants to make Cemetery Lane connection safer |

Aspen wants to make Cemetery Lane connection safer

Carolyn Sackariason
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Carolyn Sackariason/The Aspen TimesThe city of Aspen plans to make several improvements to the Castle Creek underpass in hopes of improving safety for bikers.

ASPEN ” The city of Aspen is embarking on a half-million-dollar project to improve the heavily-used trail connection between Cemetery Lane and the Marolt Open Space.

Several improvements are being made to the Castle Creek underpass and the Bugsy/Marolt Trail that total $584,000. The trail connects Cemetery Lane, through Bugsy Barnard Park, under Highway 82, to the Marolt Open Space.

Work started earlier this month by the city’s parks department and will continue until October. The Aspen City Council is being asked to approve a $365,946 contract with JAG’s Enterprises Inc. to do the bulk of the trail work. The rest will be done by the city’s parks department.

The project, funded by the city’s open space and trails fund, will modify sections of the trail with the goal of improving safety in what has been described as a dangerous area.

The Marolt Trail will be realigned to separate it farther from the highway and to eliminate the conflict between users and vehicles at the driveway entrance adjacent to the Castle Creek highway bridge. Improvements also will fix the blind corner near the Source Gas building.

The Bugsy/Marolt Trail will be modified as it passes through the Holy Cross Open Space with a new curved, elevated structure that is designed to improve sight lines and drainage problems.

City officials say the connection is well used and has been the location of many “near misses,” as well as actual accidents as a result of its current alignment.

“The existing condition of this connection is problematic due to a lack of sight lines for trail users, steep grades, poor drainage and a narrow corridor,” wrote project manager Scott Chism in a memo to the City Council, which will consider making the expenditure during Tuesday’s meeting.

JAG’s Enterprises, based in Greeley, had the lowest bid out of seven contractors who were vying for the project. The company has done trail construction in Steamboat Springs, Durango, Longmont and other cities on the Front Range.