Rubey Park, Galena Plaza nearing completion |

Rubey Park, Galena Plaza nearing completion

Construction workers grind away at the new Rubey Park transportation center Thursday afternoon in order to achieve the planned opening date of Thanksgiving.
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Two multimillion dollar, long-term city construction projects will be coming to fruition in the next few weeks, depending on the weather.

Between 60 and 70 workers are trying to get the Rubey Park Transit Center finished by Thanksgiving, while crews at Galena Plaza, next to the Pitkin County Courthouse, should finish work there between next week and Dec. 12, sources said Thursday.

“Thanksgiving is our goal,” John Krueger, Aspen’s transportation director, said of Rubey Park. “But we’ll have to wait and see what the weather does and if it cooperates.”

Workers are hoping to have the bathrooms, waiting area and bus-loading platform open to bus riders by Thanksgiving, though it might be a day or two after because of snow storms forecast for next week, Kureger said.

“The weather’s driving a lot right now,” he said.

The $9.3 million Rubey Park renovation project on Durant Avenue between Mill and Galena streets began in April. The 30-year-old facility, where Roaring Fork Transportation Authority in-town and downvalley bus routes began and ended, was falling apart.

Some aspects of the project won’t be completed until June, though those are mainly landscaping-related, Krueger said.

That project is being paid for through a combination of state and federal money as well as funds from the Elected Officials Transportation Committee, RFTA and the city of Aspen.

The $7.6 million Galena Plaza project, which also began in April, should be completed by Dec. 12, though portions of it will be coming on line sooner, said Jack Wheeler, city of Aspen’s capital asset manager.

For example, the oft-used path on the west side of the courthouse that runs between Main Street and Rio Grande Place should reopen again in the next week, Wheeler said. The Galena Street Shuttle should be able to return to its regular route through the Plaza by Dec. 12, he said.

The leaky roof at the Rio Grande Parking Garage is fixed, while the rest of the right-of-ways, including the alley, also should be open by Dec. 12, Wheeler said.

“We’re fighting the weather a bit,” he said. “But that’s typical.”

Landscaping for the pedestrian mall-like space will take place in the spring, Wheeler said.

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