Underground utility relocation will impact one lane of Airport Service Road
(Aspen, CO – March 29, 2013) Track hoes and other construction equipment are being staged this week at the site of the Aspen Airport Business Center Pedestrian Underpass project which gets underway in earnest next week. The $5.4 million project is expected to last from April to November.
Relocating underground utilities is expected to take about a month. During that time a section of the Airport Service Road from the main entrance to the airport to the carpool kiosk will be reduced to one lane. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on the Aspen side of the airport terminal traffic circle to assist motorists turning right toward Aspen. This road is busiest during the morning commute when carpoolers stop at the City’s Kiosk to pick up parking permits. The carpool kiosk will remain open during the entire construction project.
Utility relocation should be completed in early to mid-May, weather permitting. Once utilities are relocated, both lanes of the Airport Service Road will be reopened to two way traffic and upvalley RFTA busses will be re-routed onto the service road.
“The only impact of construction that we anticipate in April is the slight delay airport users and carpoolers may experience at a temporary traffic signal at the Aspen end of the airport traffic circle and the Airport Service Road,” said RFTA Senior Project Manager, Nick Senn. “RFTA busses will not rerouted onto the Airport Service Road until utility work is completed sometime in May,” he said.
The actual “tunneling” phase of the project is scheduled to begin in May at which time existing bus shelters will be relocated and RFTA busses will be rerouted onto the Airport Service Road. Passengers whose destination is the Airport Business Center will be directed to cross SH 82 at the existing intersection of the airport and airport business center. Four lanes of traffic will be maintained during the entire construction project.
The construction site will be fenced and walled off from traffic and pedestrians. Pedestrians will not be able to cross the highway except at the signaled intersection. Speed limits on SH 82 in the vicinity of construction between the Airport and Airport Business Center will be reduced from 50 mph to 35 mph.
The underpass will connect new Roaring Fork Transportation Authority BRT Stations on either side of the highway between the Aspen Business Center and the airport, and the at-grade pedestrian crossing at the Airport Business Center intersection will be eliminated.