As of early March, the project is an estimated 40% complete. Excavation on the south phase of the underpass will begin immediately after the traffic switch is complete, marking a new milestone on the project. Crews are confident that the underpass will be fully functional by mid-August and open for public use by the start of the new school year. Full completion is on schedule for late October.Overview
In September 2016, the Town of Basalt began constructing a pedestrian underpass beneath State Highway (SH) 82 at the intersection of Basalt Avenue. The project will provide safety improvements for all modes of transportation by allowing non-motorist traffic to pass under the highway.
The project is located near SH 82 mile point 23.1 in Basalt and the completed underpass will connect the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority parking lot with the Basalt Store front and Bus Rapid Transit stations located at the intersection. Residents will also have easier, safer access to schools located to the north and south of the project.
The new underpass is designed to be 140 feet long, up to 9 feet tall, and 16 feet wide. The construction of the underground path, combined with the installation of new traffic signals and an upgraded storm water drainage system, is anticipated to improve the flow of traffic and pedestrian safety along the highway. The Town of Basalt awarded Oldcastle/United companies the $6.2 million bid for this project.
The 13-month project began in late September and is scheduled for completion in late October 2017. The tentative schedule of major phases of work planned for the project includes:
September 2016 – March 2017: North Phase
March 2017 – August 2017: South Phase
September 2017 – October 2017: Final Phase
Normal working hours for the project will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with seasonal adjustments for daylight hours. No work is planned on holidays or weekends.
Project Update Links:
November 9, 2016: Traffic Advisory for Basalt Underpass
November 8, 2016: Pedestrian Walkways to Bus Stops at Basalt Underpass Project
November 1, 2016: Project Update and Traffic Information
November 1, 2016: Project Information Video
September 28, 2016: Project Update
September 2016: Project Announcement
April 16, 2015: Basalt Underpass_North Entry Perspective Rendering
April 16, 2015: Basalt Underpass_South Entry Perspective Rendering