News in Brief
August 17, 2005
Rockfall work will continue through Friday on Interstate 70 just west of Idaho Springs, site of several rock slides last weekend. The westbound lanes are closed.Just one lane of traffic in each direction – both on the eastbound side of the interstate – is available between Idaho Springs and Dumont. This configuration will remain in place 24 hours a day until work is complete, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The agency expects to have the interstate completely open by the weekend.In the meantime, traffic will be stopped periodically and motorists should anticipate delays through Friday. CDOT is advising travelers to take alternative routes, such as U.S. 285 to Highway 9.Crews are scaling rocks and blasting unstable rock. In addition, fencing is being installed along the shoulder of westbound I-70.
The Aspen Historical Society’s proposal to subdivide a 9,000-square-foot lot from its West End museum property and establish development rights that can be sold to other homeowners won Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission approval Tuesday.The allocation of 16 transferable development rights, or TDRs, also requires City Council approval.Each TDR is worth 250 square feet that can be purchased by owners of nonhistoric residential properties. New city regulations allow a historic property to sell TDRs and forgo development – in 250-square-foot increments – on the historic parcel.The historical society is trying the TDR approach to generate funds while preserving the grounds around the Wheeler/Stallard House museum. They would be the first historic TDRs to go on the market; no one is quite sure what price they might fetch.
The county will apply a seal to Castle Creek Road from the Aspen city limits to Conundrum Creek Road next week.The work is slated for Monday through Aug. 26 and an alternate route for bicyclists is strongly recommended. Drivers are asked to use caution when traveling on the road during construction. For more information, call public works at 920-5390.