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Blue River recpath project moves forward

CAITLIN ROW
summit daily news
Silverthorne, Colorado

SILVERTHORNE ” The Blue River path project ” one of Silverthorne’s most ambitious public works projects ” is almost set to start. The town recently approved a construction bid that came in at under a million dollars, a significant savings from the $2.1 million that was budgeted for this summer’s trail segment.

“Wow,” said councilwoman Peggy Long of the low-priced construction deal. “That’s amazing.”

Coucilwoman Ann-Marie Sandquist said to town staff: “You made our night.”

When the project is completed, it could cost the town up to $15 million.

“There are two key aspects of this upcoming segment, said Ryan Hyland, assistant to Silverthorne’s town manager. “First, it will allow trail users to avoid any highway intersections, and second, it brings into play the recently acquired Willow Grove Open Space.”

This summer’s trail project includes: a 1,600-foot recreation path from Mesa Drive to Blue River Circle; a 215-foot pedestrian bridge; a public parking lot; public restrooms; and wheelchair-accessible improvements.

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The town project will be built using many local sub-contractors. Construction will start this summer and continue through fall, 2009. Two more major segments are planned for coming years, along with several other small pieces.

The goal of the trail project is to allow visitors and residents to traverse the town near the river so that it’s a pleasant experience.

For more information, call Joanne Breigenzer at (970) 262-7372.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.