Silverthorne awards contract for recreation trail segment
SILVERTHORNE ” The Silverthorne Town Council has awarded a construction contract for the completion of another segment of the Blue River trail system to Columbine Hills, Inc., the Town announced this week.
Four bids were received for the project ” two from Summit County firms and two from the Front Range. Columbine Hills winning bid came in at slightly more than $314,000.
This 2,400 ft. segment of the trail system ” to be completed this summer ” runs from Bald Eagle Road south along the Blue River to Legend Lake Circle. It will be constructed within easements or property owned by the Town.
The design of this segment was undertaken earlier this year and involved significant public input, particularly from residents on Legend Lake Circle, which is directly adjacent to the river and trail. The completion of this portion of trail will bring Silverthorne one step closer to its ultimate goal of having a continuous trail system running the entire length of the Town.
The Town envisions the system as more than simply a pedestrian or bike path, but rather a place where residents and visitors can experience and become part of all the Blue River has to offer. Because of this vision, the trail system project has been entitled “The Blue River Experience.”
There are five trail segments in the Blue River Experience, beginning at the Dillon Dam and extending for 3.5 miles downstream. During the past five years the project has moved forward with the help of grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and Transportation Enhancement Funds. Silverthorne has utilized this funding to build the Silverthorne-Dillon Dam connection in 2001, purchase two open space parcels totaling approximately 13 acres in 2006, restore two reaches of the Gold Medal Blue River trout fishery in 2005, and complete design and construction of the North Pond Park in 2006.
For more information about the construction of this trail segment, contact Silverthorne Public Works director Bill Linfield at (970) 262-7341, and for more information about the overall Blue River Experience, contact Recreation and Culture director Tammy Jamieson at (970) 262-7372. The Blue River Trail Master Plan document is available on the Town’s website at http://www.silverthorne.org.
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