Offseason road and trail construction in Aspen
At points throughout the offseason, Aspen can feel more like Ashcroft or any other ghost town — until you hear the sweet sounds of drilling, digging and construction vehicles beeping.
Offseason means construction season, and with summer a mere few weeks away, the city of Aspen and Pitkin County have several road and trail construction projects in the works.
Some of these projects are already underway, while others are slated to begin in early to mid-June.
Below is a list of current and future construction projects in Aspen, provided by city of Aspen Community Relations Director Mitzi Rapkin and Pitkin County Engineer Gerald Fielding.
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• Mill Street: complete permanent island (started early May) and alley ramp north of Pitkin County Library (started early April). The project is complete with the exception of the Parks Department planting shrubs, flowers and perennials in the island in the coming weeks.
• Neale Avenue construction started in April and is expected to be finished by the end of July.
• Citywide bike-lanes paint striping will start and end in June.
• Power Plant Road bridge maintenance will start in late summer or early fall after runoff is over.
• Bridge maintenance throughout town will start in late summer or early fall after runoff is over. This may not require road construction and may only involve maintenance underneath the bridges.
• Durant Avenue construction at the Gondola Plaza pedestrian crossings started and completed in May.
• Hunter Creek Road maintenance will run from June 1 to 3.
• Airport Frontage Road construction will run from June 6 to 10.
• Oklahoma Flats Trail maintenance will run from late May to July.
• Miscellaneous asphalt and concrete repairs throughout the summer, usually just one- or two-day closures. Locations to be determined.
• Rio Grande Trail paving will run from May 31 to June 2.
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