Rubey Park work set to begin in late April
The Aspen Times
Phase one of the $8 million Rubey Park reconstruction project is tentatively scheduled to begin April 20, and it will involve Durant Avenue traffic impacts, a bus-loading-area shift, limitations on bathroom use and temporary relocation of the information kiosk.
The first phase is expected to last until the Food & Wine Classic in June, according to officials, and the bulk of the overall project is expected to last until Thanksgiving. Other construction impacts include parking disruptions on Durant Avenue, Mill Street and Galena Street. Some Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses also might have to be rerouted in and out of town, but Aspen’s Transportation Director John Krueger said Thursday that bus service will run at capacity and as scheduled.
“Depending on what’s getting built and which kind of phase it’s in, buses are going to move around,” Krueger said during Thursday’s open house at City Hall. “Buses are probably going to move around.”
He added that crews are aiming to break ground April 20, but that date is not concrete. In the first phase, buses will most likely move from Durant Avenue to Mill Street near Wagner Park. Residents can learn more about the project at RubeyPark.com.
“We have to function out of (Rubey Park) during construction. Buses are going to move around a little bit. Pedestrians, where they’re walking to, is going to move around a little bit,” Krueger said. “Buses routed into town may switch around.”
Built more than 30 years ago, Rubey Park serves more than 4 million passengers annually while handling as many as 400 bus turnovers daily in peak season. The facility has numerous cosmetic issues, including cracked cement, a lack of covered seating and inadequate restrooms.
Finish work scheduled for spring 2016 will involve landscaping, planting and other punch-list items, Krueger said.
Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County have earmarked $3.9 million in funding for the $7.9 million construction project. The other $4 million has been secured through $2 million in Federal Highway Administration grants, $1 million from the Colorado Department of Transportation and $500,000 each from the city of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
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