News in brief
November 6, 2011
ASPEN – Part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s project to coordinate eight traffic signals on Highway 82 between the Aspen Business Center and downtown Aspen will be postponed until next spring, CDOT announced Friday.
WL Contracting will continue with the installation of detection loops in the lanes at the Harmony Place, Owl Creek Road and Truscott Lane intersections, completing the work by Nov. 18. Work will also be done off of the highway to install cable between the intersections.
With winter setting in, work on the intersections in downtown Aspen – at Galena, Mill, Monarch and Aspen streets – will wait until April and May of next year. The project team has decided the springtime work will have less impact on the downtown area and will give the contractor a better chance of completing the work in a timely manner.
The goal of the project is to make traffic flow more smoothly.
As work continues this fall, motorists will find the shoulders of the highway closed outside of town at the intersections under construction. Temporary lane closures will also occur, but not during the rush hours of 6-9 a.m. in the upvalley lanes and 3-6 p.m. in the downvalley lanes, CDOT said.
ASPEN – Alternatives to improve the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, including the terminal area and ideas for the future of the general aviation operations, will be the focus of a public open house on Monday, Nov. 7.
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Those interested in reviewing the proposals and offering input are invited to stop by the Pitkin County Library between 5-7 p.m.
The ideas have been developed as part of a master plan update for the airport. Sketches of proposed terminal-area improvements along with general aviation concepts will be available for review.
ASPEN – The public is invited to review ideas for a grade-separated Highway 82 pedestrian crossing at the airport/Aspen Business Center intersection from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The meeting will take place in the art gallery at CMC-Aspen.
Design and engineering consultants will be on hand to discuss ideas with the public. The crossing will either be an overpass or underpass.
Visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pedcrossing to learn more about the project.