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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Construction complete for Castle Creek Corridor Improvement Project

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Construction for the Castle Creek Corridor Improvement Project, including the new Castle Creek Trail that connects Marolt Trail to the Aspen Country Day and Aspen Music Festival and School campuses, is officially complete.

“This has been a positive, collaborative partnership between Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, and the community to make this project a success and what we see in the corridor represents huge improvements,” said Director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Gary Tennenbaum. “All of the project elements from rockfall mitigation to the trail itself mean improved safety in the corridor. This project is rooted in community collaboration and will serve locals and visitors. It is thrilling to see the project completed.”

“I want to extend a ‘thanks’ to the community who have participated in the planning and made it a better project and to the neighbors who have endured construction along the way. I invite the community to come out and enjoy this trail,” said Pitkin County Commissioner Kelly McNicholas Kury.

Prior to the corridor improvements, Castle Creek Road lacked shoulder area, had extremely steep roadside slopes and limited visibility. Travel along the road was often hazardous, particularly for pedestrians and less experienced cyclists. The finished project includes widened road shoulders, a downhill bike lane, a designated pedestrian path, and speed tables.

“The only thing that I’m going to ask as we cut the ribbon on this trail is anyone watching please wear your mask while you’re out recreating,” reminded Aspen City Councilwoman Rachael Richards.

VIRTUAL RIBBON CUTTING

Interested individuals can participate in the virtual ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, June 30 at 12 p.m. via Zoom. Meeting details will be distributed via the project email update list or interested parties can email castlecreekimprovements@gmail.com for Zoom details.

The ribbon cutting event was pre-recorded to support social distancing measures and adhere to social gathering restrictions per the Pitkin County Public Health Order. The video will also be posted on the project webpage at pitkinostprojects.com/castle-creek-corridor-improvement-project and on the Pitkin County Facebook and YouTube pages.

Contact: Gary Tennenbaum, Director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails | gary.tennenbaum@pitkincounty.com

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