PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Spring and Cooper Project Schedule Change
Intersection closure extended for three weeks
Aspen, Colo. – Wednesday, May 4, 2022 – The City of Aspen is extending the closure of the intersection of Spring Street and Cooper Avenue for approximately three weeks due to weather delays and unforeseen issues due to snowmelt under the sidewalk. Staff discovered the deteriorated infrastructure when work started on the Spring and Cooper Project earlier this week. The City anticipates that crews will still complete construction before Memorial Day.
Starting Thursday, May 5, the intersection will be closed to most vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic will be detoured around the intersection, and buses will be rerouted accordingly. Southbound Spring Street will remain open for the first half of the extended closure to accommodate inbound bus traffic.
A 2019 study identified the Spring and Cooper intersection as the second-most accident-prone location in downtown Aspen. Subsequently, the City targeted the site for safety improvements in the Aspen Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, which outlines the community’s desire to create a pedestrian and bike-friendly town. A living lab in 2021 implemented temporary features to test their ability to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by increasing visibility and reducing pedestrian exposure time in the crosswalk. The current project furthers these goals by permanently installing infrastructure, including a four-way stop, curb extensions, ADA-approved sidewalks and ramps, stormwater improvements and painted crosswalks.