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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

‘Snow Lab’ project to again widen Castle Creek Bridge sidewalk

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Winter cyclists and pedestrians may soon have a wider sidewalk over Castle Creek Bridge as the City of Aspen tries out a snowy version of this past summer’s “living lab.”

City staff said the recent trail extension was successful in providing a safer commute for bikers and pedestrians without affecting traffic, but the barriers used to separate the sidewalk from vehicles were not winter-ready.

 
The new “snow lab” would again narrow traffic lanes, using short vertical posts to separate the trail from cars and trucks. The winter experiment will help the city determine the best methods of snow removal and ensure that RFTA buses have enough room to pull out into traffic from the 8th Street stop.

 
City Council plans to discuss the project Dec. 13, and if it is approved, commuters can expect to see the new configuration Jan. 3.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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