Why are CDOT and the FHWA involved?

CDOT and FHWA are involved in the New Castle Creek Bridge project because Highway 82 is a state highway that also receives federal funding. Both organizations have to be involved in the decision making process. SH 82 is part of the National Highway System. In addition, SH 82 crosses federal waters (Maroon Creek and Castle Creek), which mandates that the FHWA be involved. While Aspen voters can veto or accept whatever ballot issues arise related to the Entrance to Aspen, the state and federal governments’ process is to produce a Record of Decision (ROD) with a Preferred Alternative that identifies and mitigates environmental impacts.

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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?