Garfield County trying to extend I-70 pathway |

Garfield County trying to extend I-70 pathway


GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A local trails group inched closer to its goal of a nonmotorized concrete trail that would connect Glenwood Springs to DeBeque along the Colorado River-Interstate 70 corridor.The Garfield County commissioners voted 2-1 Monday in favor of becoming a co-applicant and a steward with Lower Valley Trails (LoVa) group for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant application.The partnership will allow LoVa to move forward with its application to create a trail in South Canyon between West Glenwood and Canyon Creek. Currently, cyclists and pedestrians must travel directly on I-70, as there is no secondary road available for nonmotorized traffic.The grant will also help fund the trail near the Rifle rest area, called the LoVa Riparian Trail Corridor. The GOCO grant can provide up to $6.5 million to these two segments. In order to apply for the grant, which is due Aug. 6, LoVa is required to have a co-applicant. The grant also requires a government entity – in this case, Garfield County – to act as a steward for the project and provide ongoing maintenance for the trail. “We have a responsibility as a county to move forward with this trail,” said Commissioner Trési Houpt, who made the motion to approve LoVa’s request.

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