One of the Project Engineers that is working for one of the GC's on the job is renting a room in my house. It sounds like a really complicated project. It involves the Interstate, all of the up valley and down valley commuter traffic, the railroad, massive amounts of utilities, the hot spring pool, tourists, pedestrians etc and of course river users. On top of all of that they also have to worry about the actual construction.
They are really concerned about communication with river users during the different phases of the project and how that should best be accomplished. They know how popular that stretch of river is with every type of river craft out there both commercial and private and how important it is to this area and visiting boaters. Of course safety is first.
The two causeways are going to make temporary new features both at high and low water. There is not a lot of gradient there but the river will be constricted. They are going to be lifting massive girders etc. out over the river and drilling from the causeways. The causeways are not a place where they want anyone to stop as they are made from really sharp boulders and there is heavy equipment working above. There are going to be hazards when the new piers are installed and the old ones removed. I am sure that there are many other things to consider as well.
I think that it is important to the boating community that some of us participate. While they are very aware of us and want to make sure we are all safe, it does not sound like they have much experience with what we do and the best way to keep all of us safe and informed.
I sent an email to the link in the Aspen Times article and someone immediately responded.