The lower Brush Creek Trail, now sporting a new bridge that should look familiar to Aspen-area residents, reopens to use Tuesday, June 25.
The trail had been closed this spring while general contractor Icon Inc. rerouted a section of the trail and installed a bridge over Brush Creek and adjacent wetlands. The bridge consists of two sections of the former Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge that once spanned Maroon Creek next to Highway 82 on the outskirts of Aspen.
Two pieces of the span, held in storage at RFTA in Carbondale, were repainted and incorporated into the Brush Creek Trail, a paved route that connects Highway 82 and the Brush Creek intercept lot to Snowmass Village. A detour that sent trail users onto lower Brush Creek Road to skirt the construction zone will no longer be necessary.
The $380,000 project was finished on time and on budget, according to Gary Tennenbaum, assistant director for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. Using pieces of the former Maroon Creek bridge cut more than $250,000 off the cost of the project, he said.