Why can’t one of the other alternatives be considered instead of the Preferred Alternative?

The current Castle Creek Bridge was built in 1961 and designed to last 75 years. The Castle Creek Bridge is nearing the end of its useful life and the City of Aspen believes the choice before the community is to either: 

  1. Build the Preferred Alternative; or 
  2. Don’t build the Preferred Alternative.

If the community does not want to build the Preferred Alternative AND wants to explore another alternative, it will require opening the Record of Decision (ROD) or creating a new ROD. It is estimated, in 2022 dollars, that the process would cost approximately $7-8 million and take four to eight years to complete, depending on which of the other alternatives the community would want to pursue.

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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?