What was the process for developing the 43 different alignment and lane configuration alternatives?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the State Highway 82 (SH 82) Entrance to Aspen project began in January 1994. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released for public review and comment in August of 1995. The DEIS evaluated three alternatives between Buttermilk and Maroon Creek Road, and seven alternatives between Maroon Creek Road and the intersection of 7th and Main Street. As a result of comments on the DEIS from community members and other local partners, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expanded the analysis to include new alternatives and extend the project limits to Rubey Park in Aspen. The Supplemental Draft EIS (SDEIS) evaluated three additional alternatives between Pitkin County Airport and Rubey Park. The SDEIS was released in July of 1996. In August of 1997, the final EIS was released. The Record of Decision (ROD) was developed as an output of the final EIS. The ROD, which includes the Preferred Alternative, was released in August of 1998.

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1. What is the Preferred Alternative?
2. Why was the Preferred Alternative chosen?
3. What was the process for developing the 43 different alignment and lane configuration alternatives?
4. What challenges won’t the Preferred Alternative solve?
5. What travel modes were reviewed before the Preferred Alternative was selected?
6. Did the community vote to approve the Preferred Alternative?
7. Will there need to be another vote to move forward with the Preferred Alternative?
8. How long will it take to construct the Preferred Alternative, including a new bridge, land bridge(s), and new road?
9. What elements of the Record of Decision have been implemented?
10. What portions of the Record of Decision (ROD) are still outstanding?
11. Does the City of Aspen need to acquire a right of way through Marolt and Thomas properties to build the Preferred Alternative?
12. Why are CDOT and the FHWA involved?
13. I really like one of the other alternatives. Why can't I have one of those?
14. What was the process of choosing the Preferred Alternative (PA) that is described in the 1998 Record of Decision (ROD)?
15. Can the Preferred Alternative be modified?
16. Are any properties impacted by the Preferred Alternative?
17. What is the process for acquiring properties and is this included in the project cost?
18. Does there need to be another vote to change the Marolt-Thomas right of way usage to buses per the first phase of the Preferred Alternative? If so, who gets to participate in the vote?
19. When would a vote for this project occur?
20. What will happen to the 8th Street bus stop?
21. What will the 7th Street intersection be like?
22. How will people access the Holden-Marolt Museum?
23. Where will the pedestrian paths and winter trails on the Marolt-Thomas open space be located or moved to?
24. Would it be possible to include more than one land bridge?
25. How will emergency first responders get to Cemetery Lane from the hospital? Will they have to go all the way to 7th and take a left and go through the S-Curve? If so, won't this be longer?
26. Will the Preferred Alternative solve the congestion and traffic problems?
27. How will the new highway impact the experience or the view planes have coming into Aspen?
28. Why aren't we looking at 4 lanes instead of just 2?
29. If the City of Aspen doesn't approve the project what will happen?
30. Will the current Castle Creek Bridge still be used? If so, will it be repaired?
31. What will happen to Power Plant Road?
32. How long would it take to build the Preferred Alternative?
33. Would the existing bridge be useable while the Preferred Alternative was built?