Open House on Mill Street Corridor Project
Tyler Christoff, Project Manager, City Engineering/Asset Management Department,
970-544-3143 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado – May 21, 2012– The City of Aspen is holding
an open house Wednesday, May 23rd, from 5-7pm in the Sister Cities room, City Hall, to discuss
improvements to the Mill Street corridor from the intersection with Main Street
down to the Art Museum. The open house
is an opportunity for the public to learn more about this project and to weigh
in with their ideas.
Making the downtown core of Aspen more pedestrian
and bike friendly and focusing on travel modes other than the automobile has
long been a goal of the City. In 2006
when the City of Aspen Civic Master Plan was adopted by City Council this goal
was included, “Aspen’s future should
be one in which the automobile pays a smaller role in people’s everyday
lives. Other modes of travel should be
made as safe and convenient as possible to facilitate that goal…the level of
investment in…more and better bikeways and walkways should increase.” In addition, in 2009 City Council prioritized
the Mill Street project as one among many pedestrian and traffic safety
projects to move forward with funding from the Public Amenity Fund.
Tyler Christoff, Project Manager for the
Engineering Department said, “The movement of people throughout Aspen is
important to viability of our community not only now but into the future.
As external factors make traditional modes of travel less appealing we must
look to improve our existing infrastructure to accommodate all user groups.
The Mill Street project aims to create a street for today and tomorrow.”
Specifically this project will use professional
design and engineering services to develop and determine the feasibility and
implementation of pedestrian crossings, streetscape improvements, bicycle lanes
and traffic calming measures on the Mill Street corridor.
The project is slated for public outreach and
design over the next few months with implementation in late 2012 or early
2013. The City has $338,000 budgeted for
the entire project, which includes construction. The open house is the first step in getting
significant community input on real and forward thinking solutions to making
the corridor more user-friendly for all modes of transit.