Midland Avenue is Basalt’s main historic corridor with building facades that date back to the Town’s 1890s railroad heyday. Today, Midland Avenue is one of two commercial activity hubs for Basalt and serves to transport people from Highway 82 up the Fryingpan River canyon to Ruedi Reservoir. In 2020, the Town’s Master Plan identified the Midland Avenue streetscape as a priority project that would ensure continued commercial vitality in Downtown. In November of 2021, the Basalt Forward 2030 initiative passed via citizen vote and authorized the Town to utilize bond proceeds to revitalize Midland Avenue’s streetscape and update utilities.
The design team will be working throughout 2022 to create concepts, gain community feedback, and produce construction documents. A detailed schedule of construction and impacts has yet to be developed but the Town expects construction to begin in early 2023, and possibly continue into 2024.