Elk PhotoThe environment plays an important role in all our lives and the route between Glenwood Springs and Aspen is host to some of the most scenic and majestic spots in the world.

Environmental concerns have always been a significant part of the work that is done along SH 82, and extensive precautions are taken to maintain the natural setting.

Every mile of SH 82 has followed a lengthy, meticulous process to protect and preserve the Roaring Fork Valley.

In addition, CDOT consulted with the Colorado Division of Wildlife on design and location of wildlife crossings, as shown in the Wetlands and Wildlife page. The River and Riparian page includes a diagram demonstrating the procedures CDOT followed to protect the river and riparian zone during construction.