Construction costs delay Brush Creek park

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Enhancements On The comb Creek park-and-journey Shall be submitponed one other yr after The worth acquired here in a lot greater than than the preliminary enchancment estimate. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions)

Prolonged-talked about enchancments anticipated to be accomplished this summer time On The comb Creek park-and-journey lot Shall be submitponed one other yr, an official said Wednesday.

Two enchancment bids for the enterprise, Which might embrace everlasting loos, acquired here in at Higher than twice and Shut to triple the preliminary enchancment estimate, David Pesnichak, advertministrator for the Elected Officers Transportation Committee, informed Pitkin County commissioners.

“The bids have been too extreme,” he said. “Hopefully The enchancment enterprise does stabilize.”



The bidding course of, managed by the Federal Freeway Administration, Shall be repeated Inside The autumn, with summer time 2023 The mannequin new anticipated completion date, Pesnichak said.

The enchancments Weren’t solely slated To incorporate loos with septic infrastructure, the estimated $5.6 million Worth ticket furtherly was To incorporate 200 newly paved parking areas — now coated by recycled asphalt — to Go together with the 200 presently paved areas. Safety lighting, further landscaping and a carpool kiosk have been embraced as An factor of the enchancments, whereas meals vans Even have been talked about for The state of affairs.



The bidding course of for the enterprise occurred in December and attracted simply The two bids — one for $12 million and one for $15 million, Pesnichak said. The extremeway advertministration althought-about the bids too extreme.

Probably COVID-19 pandemic-associated contributors to the inflated bids embrace a labor scarcity, lack of uncooked supplies and extreme demand for contractors, he said.

The enterprise Is predicted to be paid for with a $1.9 million federal grant and EOTC funds.

The Brush Creek lot — located On the intersection of Freeway 82 and Brush Creek Roadvert — permits commuters and visitors to park Freed from cost and journey free Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses to Snowmass Village or Aspen. Collectively with the 400 paved and gravel parking spots, the lot can maintain one other roughly 1,400 automobiles in unpaved, dust areas.

The two7.2 acre website is owned by the Coloradverto Division of Transportation, although It is located in Pitkin County and leased by The metropolis of Aspen and RFTA.

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