If we proceed with the Preferred Alternative, what’s next?
  1. The City of Aspen is working closely with FHWA and CDOT to determine the next steps.
  2. Aspen voters need to approve using the right-of-way over Marolt-Thomas Open Space for exclusive bus lanes instead of a light rail. 
  3. In order to move forward, CDOT requires Aspen City Council to validate its support for the project by passing a resolution stating high-level backing.
  4. The ROD will need to go through a standard reevaluation process to affirm there are no significant changes in the social, economic, and physical environment. 
  5. A project leadership team and project working groups will be formed to advise and make technical recommendations and decisions. 
  6. The City of Aspen has approved staff time and funding ($8.5 million through 2026) to support the initial design process. 
  7. The project needs to get on the CDOT Transportation Planning Region list of priorities. 
  8. Project design kicks into the next phase. This is a two to three-year design process. 
  9. Community outreach and engagement will be ongoing through the design process to gather community input on project components and design elements (i.e.: pedestrian infrastructure, aesthetics, open space planning).
  10. Community support for the ROD would allow the City of Aspen to apply for grants from federal funding sources.

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1. What are the challenges of rebuilding the existing Castle Creek Bridge?
2. If we proceed with the Preferred Alternative, what’s next?
3. What are the cost estimates and funding sources for the Preferred Alternative?
4. What would the impacts to the community be during the construction of the new bridge, land bridge(s), and new road?
5. Why can’t one of the other alternatives be considered instead of the Preferred Alternative?
6. Can we build a tunnel so that we maintain the open space and trail connections?
7. Can we proceed with a light rail now?
8. How much does light rail cost?
9. Would the connection to Cemetery Lane remain?
10. Why is it important to Aspen residents to have a second bridge to get in and out of Aspen?
11. Is the current Castle Creek Bridge safe?
12. Have other bridges in our community ever had weight restrictions?
13. When was the Castle Creek Bridge last inspected? What is the condition of the current Castle Creek Bridge and when will it be inspected next?
14. Can the current Castle Creek Bridge be repaired?
15. If Castle Creek Bridge needs to be repaired or replaced in the same location, what is the expected duration of that project?
16. If the Preferred Alternative is built, will the old Castle Creek Bridge be transferred to the City of Aspen?
17. What is a Record of Decision (ROD)?
18. Why do we have to talk about this now? Life was just starting to get back to normal!
19. What would the impacts to the community be during the construction of a new bridge, land bridge(s), and new road?
20. How much will building the entire Preferred Alternative cost?
21. Who is going to pay for the design and construction of the project?
22. How will the residents from Cemetery Lane and McLane Flats get to the hospital and schools?
23. What is Pitkin County and Snowmass Village's role in this project?