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Posted on: September 22, 2022

Galena Cooper Living Lab Approaches Experiment End, Next Steps

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Galena Cooper Living Lab Approaches Experiment End, Next Steps
Construction crews will be in the area September 26-September 30

Aspen, Colo. – Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 – The Galena Cooper Living Lab will end on Monday, September 26. The project team will be installing adjustments to the parking and roadway design September 26 – September 30. Construction crews will be in the area for five days to remove some of the current elements and install a new parking layout. During this time, there will be limited parking available on Galena Street.

The new configuration will remain in place throughout the upcoming winter season. 

The living lab on South Galena Street from Hopkins Avenue to Cooper Avenue and Cooper Avenue from Galena Street to Hunter Street has been installed for 13 weeks to evaluate temporary modifications before any permanent safety and design improvements. Field observations, public comments, live phone log recordings, and the community survey will close on Friday, September 23. A comprehensive outreach and engagement report will be presented to City Council in November. 

“Feedback from diverse audiences across the community, along with the direction we have received from City Council has been crucial in developing the new alignment for this heavily trafficked area of town,” said Denise White, Communications Director. “Safety in the downtown core is the top priority to explore in this lab, as well as any changes moving forward.”

Further review of the one-way lanes on Hyman will be discussed at the September 26 City Council meeting. 

What is going away on September 26:

  1. Removal of counterflow bikeway, curb extensions, and protective temporary curbs 
  2. Removal of existing counter-flow bike lane striping on the east side of Galena Street and north side of Cooper Avenue 
  3. Removal of parallel parking spots on the east side of Galena Street and the north side of Cooper Avenue
  4. Removal of the we-cycle station on Galena St 
  5. Remove loading zone on Hyman Ave – it will be replaced on Galena St as a double loading zone (prelab conditions)

What will remain through the winter:

  1. Parallel parking on the west side of Galena Street and the south side of Cooper Avenue
  2. Angled parking spots next to the existing curb on the east side of Galena Street and the north side of Cooper Avenue 
  3. All-way stop signs at Hopkins Ave and Galena Street intersection

 Pictural example of parking changes on Galena Street and Cooper Avenue. Not to scale.

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Contact:         Denise White, Communications Director, denise.white@aspen.gov or 970-920-5293

 

 

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