Construction extended at Aspen intersection near City Market |

Construction extended at Aspen intersection near City Market

Spring Street and Cooper Avenue area will be closed starting Thursday

Workers continue construction on the project outside of the Aspen City Market on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

The closure of the downtown intersection at Spring Street and Cooper Avenue is being extended for about three weeks because of weather delays and unforeseen issues due to snowmelt under the sidewalk, according to city of Aspen officials on Wednesday.

Staff discovered the deteriorated infrastructure when work started on the project earlier this week, but the city anticipates crews will still complete construction before Memorial Day.

Starting on Thursday, the intersection will be closed to most vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic will be detoured around the intersection, and buses will be rerouted accordingly.

Southbound Spring Street will remain open for the first half of the extended closure to accommodate inbound bus traffic.

A 2019 study identified the Spring and Cooper intersection as the second-most accident-prone location in downtown Aspen.

A living lab in 2021 implemented temporary features to test their ability to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by increasing visibility and reducing pedestrian exposure time in the crosswalk.

The current project includes a four-way stop, curb extensions, ADA-approved sidewalks and ramps, stormwater improvements and painted crosswalks.

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