Is the current Castle Creek Bridge safe?

Yes, the current Castle Creek Bridge is safe. As we get closer to the end of its useful life, repairs will be more frequent. 

A good analogy for how bridges age is that they are like a paperclip: you can bend it and twist it and then it hits a point when it breaks. 

When the Castle Creek Bridge starts to deteriorate, the first step will be to limit the weight of vehicles that go across the bridge – so heavy construction vehicles, large delivery trucks, big fire trucks, and buses will be the first to be prohibited from crossing the Castle Creek Bridge when and if the condition of the bridge warrants weight restrictions.

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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?