The Castle Creek Bridge at the entrance to Aspen will be closed for parts of the morning of May 31 for repairs.
The closure, which will last from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. next Friday, is for a temporary repair to pavement peel, according to a press release sent out by the city of Aspen. Downvalley traffic will be detoured via Power Plant Road, and upvalley traffic will continue to use the bridge with intermittent holds for outbound buses.
“By addressing the pavement peel with a temporary patch, the city and CDOT can take necessary time to ensure the chosen solution is the best approach while preventing further damage,” Pete Rice, senior project manager for the city of Aspen engineering department, said in the release.
Street parking along 6th Street will also be temporarily closed during detour operations. RFTA buses and school buses will be exempted from the detour and will be staged on 7th Street.
The repairs are weather dependent, and it is anticipated that crews will return in September for a more permanent fix that will take around three days. Dates for these repairs will be announced via travel advisory and the city of Aspen’s road closures and construction NotifyMe email and text alerts.
Bridge traffic was subject to delays and detours for much of 2018, thanks to a project to upgrade roadway and pedestrian infrastructure.