Stein Bridge to close next week for improvement project |

Stein Bridge to close next week for improvement project

Staff report
Stein Bridge, which crosses the Roaring Fork River and connects the Rio Grande Trail to the Aspen Business Center, will be closed starting Tuesday for an improvement project to the bridge. The bridge is scheduled to re-open in November.

Stein Bridge, which links the trail behind the Aspen Business Center to the Rio Grande Trail, will be closed Tuesday through November for a $250,000 project to replace its abutments.

The bridge also will be raised by 3 feet to better accommodate boating on the Roaring Fork River when there is high water, Pitkin County said in a statement Thursday.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has contracted with Glenwood Springs-based Mueller Construction Services for the project, which also will include new approaches to the bridge and improvements to Stein Trail linking the bridge and the Rio Grande Trail.

The Cemetery Lane Bridge, also known as Slaughterhouse Bridge, is the closest alternative to reach the Rio Grande Trail from the west side of the river.

“This project has been in the works for a while,” said Lindsey Utter, senior environmental planner with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. “The abutments need to be replaced and the fall offseason seems to be the best option to get it done. We didn’t want to interrupt the summer boating season.”