County recpath plowed and open |

County recpath plowed and open

Daily News staff report

Summit County’s paved recreational pathway system is plowed and open for use by cyclists, walkers and other nonmotorized users. The county’s road and bridge department has cleared remaining snow off the county-managed pathway segments except for Ten Mile Canyon, where avalanche hazards exist.

“Recent warm weather has helped us open the recreational pathway system in time for the Memorial Day weekend,” said Brad Eckert, Summit County Open Space and Trails Resource Specialist. “However, there are still wet and icy spots in shady locations and some sandy sites. Most backcountry trails are likely to be very muddy for several weeks, and we hope that the early opening of the recpath will provide alternatives to avoid damage to trails during this time period when they are most fragile.”

The Open Space and Trails Department requests users be aware that maintenance vehicles may be encountered on the recpath. Actions planned for this summer include reconstruction of several sections of recpath, including the Dam Road between the Heaton Bay campground and the scenic overlook, the Vail Pass recpath near Copper Mountain Resort, and a section in Bill’s Ranch near Frisco. Additionally, the county is constructing a 4-foot recreational use lane along Swan Mountain Road from Farmers Korner to Sapphire Point. Also scheduled are improvements to signing, striping and pavement markings. Please slow down as you approach maintenance activities and always heed warning signs or the directions of authorized maintenance personal.

The recpaths are shared by many forms of nonmotorized uses, including runners, walkers, dog walkers, in-line skaters, cyclists and special event participants. Anticipate crowded conditions, especially on weekends, and be prepared to slow down. To prevent collisions and allow uninterrupted travel, please pull off the pathway when stopping. Travel on the right side of the recpath, pass on the left, and travel at a reasonable and safe speed, and in no event faster than the posted speed limit of 25 mph or less. All dogs must be on a leash on the recpath, and please clean up after your pet.

Questions on the paved Recpath system can be directed to the Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4060.

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