Final design for Silverthorne’s Blue River Trail segment five completed |

Final design for Silverthorne’s Blue River Trail segment five completed

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

On Monday, the Town of Silverthorne hosts an open house to display the final design for a new segment of the Blue River Trail, planned for construction in summer 2011. The open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Schmidt Room at the Silverthorne Town Hall. The final design incorporates elements from alternatives presented at prior public meetings.

Segment five begins just north of town hall and extends approximately 1,800 feet north to the Willow Grove Open Space parcel and Tammy Lynn Jamieson Memorial Bridge site.

Currently, the connection between the sites utilizes sidewalks, roadways, intersections and driveway crossings. The new segment is designed to run along the eastern side of the Blue River.

The town awaits a hearing date for ongoing litigation surrounding the trail segment’s location. The case was filed by potentially affected citizens and questions whether the town has the right to build such a path in the existing easement.

About $2.9 million in funding for the trail segment and support comes from the Colorado Lottery, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado State Parks-Trails, South Maryland Creek Ranch and Summit County.

Blue River Trail development has been guided by Silverthorne’s master plan, which is online at

To comment or pose questions outside of the open house, contact Silverthorne town engineer Dan Gietzen at (970) 262-7354 or

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