A dump truck, with the dump part still in the up position, struck the pedestrian and ski bridge on Castle Creek Road Wednesday afternoon, causing the roadway to be closed for about two hours, according to Aspen Police.
The bridge itself is now closed until further notice.
The truck was returning from dumping its snow load near the Marolt property and was driving south on Castle Creek Road when the accident occurred, said Bobby Schafer, community response officer. The dump bed was sheared from the truck portion, he said.
Schafer said this same bridge, officially the Castle Creek Overpass Pedestrian Bridge, suffered a similar fate four years ago when an excavator’s vehicle hit the bridge and took out the same beam. The truck involved in Wednesday’s accident appeared to be from an independent contractor and was not driven by a city employee, he said.
Wednesday’s temporary road closure was required because not only did crews have to figure out how to remove the truck bed from the road but a clean up of hydraulic fluid was required. There were no injuries.
“The damage will require permanent repairs once a structural engineer has assessed the current condition and recommends a plan of action. Until then, Castle Creek Road will be open to two-way traffic,” according to a statement issued by the city.
The bridge connects Marolt Open Space to the Aspen Chapel as well as upvalley points on Castle Creek Road, the statement noted. An alternate route for those seeking to traverse between Aspen and the Aspen School District campus is via the ABC Trail on the north side of Highway 82 to the roundabout, where an underpass is located.