Why was the Preferred Alternative chosen?
  • CDOT and the FHWA determined that the Preferred Alternative met the project need, intent, and 10 objectives.

  • Increases future transit options like trackless trams or driverless buses.

  • Provides better emergency access and evacuation routes.

  • Reduces accident rates on the S-Curves. 

  • Increases transit capacity while decreasing transit time with continuous bus lanes from the roundabout to downtown.

  • Eliminates the S-Curves so traffic will move more smoothly without the two, ninety-degree turns.

  • Creates direct access in and out of town due to a straighter alignment.

  • Creates an open space corridor connecting Marolt-Thomas Open Space to the Aspen Golf Course. 

  • Creates a trail connection from the Marolt Bridge to the golf course that is uninterrupted by roadways. 

  • Decreases traffic and congestion in the West End and Cemetery Lane neighborhoods.

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1. Why was the Preferred Alternative chosen?
2. What was the process for developing the 43 different alignment and lane configuration alternatives?
3. What challenges won’t the Preferred Alternative solve?
4. What travel modes were reviewed before the Preferred Alternative was selected?
5. Did the community vote to approve the Preferred Alternative?
6. Will there need to be another vote to move forward with the Preferred Alternative?
7. How long will it take to construct the Preferred Alternative, including a new bridge, land bridge(s), and new road?
8. What elements of the Record of Decision have been implemented?
9. What portions of the Record of Decision (ROD) are still outstanding?
10. Does the City of Aspen need to acquire a right of way through Marolt and Thomas properties to build the Preferred Alternative?
11. Why are CDOT and the FHWA involved?