Maroon Creek Bridge bike lane to open |

Maroon Creek Bridge bike lane to open

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Bicyclists and pedestrians will be the first to use the newly constructed Maroon Creek Bridge.

The pedestrian/bike path along Highway 82 on the outskirts of Aspen will be relocated to the north side of the new span on Wednesday evening. New signs and striping will be in place to guide trail users.

As part of the conversion, motorists will encounter one-way, alternating traffic on Wednesday and early Thursday while the concrete barrier is removed from the downvalley side of the old bridge, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The barrier had separated motorized traffic on the old, two-lane bridge, which currently remains in use, from a temporary pedestrian and bike path that also crossed on the old bridge.

Removal of the barriers will take place from 7 p.m. on Wednesday until 5 a.m. on Thursday, CDOT said.

On Tuesday, the temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 82 and the entrance to the Aspen Country Inn/Pomegranate at the west end of the bridge will be removed. The signal was installed as part of the bridge project to facilitate construction. There will be a short traffic stop in both directions while the overhead signals are lowered to the ground.

The new Maroon Creek Bridge, including two lanes of general traffic and two dedicated bus lanes in each direction, is slated to open to motorized traffic later this year.

Bus lanes are currently under construction at the approaches to the bridge, but the first portion of the new lanes is scheduled to open on Thursday. Motorists, advised CDOT, should be aware of the following changes:

– The new upvalley traffic configuration will consist of a bus lane, an HOV lane and a general purpose lane from the Aspen Airport Business Center to just before Harmony Road.

– The upvalley left lane will merge right into the HOV lane before Harmony Road.

– The peak hour HOV/bus priority signal currently located at the intersection of Owl Creek Road and Highway 82 will move to the Aspen Business Center/Highway 82 intersection.

– Motorists should not cross double-white lines. Lanes may only be crossed at dotted white lines.

– Only RFTA buses and emergency vehicles may use the dedicated bus lane (right lane). Other vehicles using the bus lane will be subject to citation.