Maroon Creek BridgeEdit profile
The Maroon Creek Bridge is a historic trestle spanning Maroon Creek near Aspen, Colorado. It consists of twenty spans, each 30 feet (9.1 m) in length. Until 2008, it carried State Highway 82 and was the oldest bridge still in use within the entire Colorado state highway system. It was originally constructed in 1888 by the Colorado Midland Railroad as a railroad bridge, but abandoned in 1919 after the company became bankrupt. It was then converted for vehicle use in 1929 and widened slightly to accommodate automobiles. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (reference number 85000222).
The replacement bridge, which now serves as the main route in and out of Aspen, was completed in Spring 2008 at a cost of $13.92 million, as the Colorado Department of Transportation had classified it as "unstable" at near capacity. After the new bridge (a concrete box girder bridge) was completed, the existing bridge was left in place to honor its historic designation.