Aspen needs another transit artery |

Aspen needs another transit artery

To the project manager of the Castle Creek Bridge project as well as to the Colorado Department of Transportation supervisor of Highway 82:

My office is in Aspen on West Main Street. As a business owner, my main concern isn’t so much the inconvenience imposed by the project. My main concern is that the project highlights the need for a second major artery into and out of Aspen and that nothing is being done about it.

We need a second bridge. The Castle Creek Bridge should be just one thoroughfare into and out of Aspen. For most traffic it’s the only way in or out. Traffic shouldn’t be funneled through narrow S-curves and choked onto one crowded bridge traversing a steep-and-deep gorge. Times have changed, and times demand more change than this bridge by itself can offer us.

In my view, the Castle Creek bridge project trivializes the need for a safe and secure new major artery into and out of Aspen. Imagine for a moment if the Castle Creek bridge were closed due to some emergency and the closure were to last for an extended period of time. Or worse, imagine if a section of the bridge were to collapse in the heat of a summer drought, followed by a raging Colorado wildfire. In my view, the Castle Creek Bridge project is like renovating an old house before installing a fire escape. We need a second bridge.

John Hornblower


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User

Letter to the Editor

Gardner deserves another term on Holy Cross board

Bob Gardner is running for re-election to the Holy Cross Energy board, and I support him. He has lived in this valley his entire life, and has worked at Holy Cross, his entire career, starting…

See more