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Swan Mtn. rec path work to begin soon

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news
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SUMMIT COVE Cyclists and other recreators can look forward to a day when navigating the twists and turns of Swan Mountain Road wont require uncomfortably close encounters with automobiles.Summit County government officials have raised the cash necessary to begin work on the first of four sections of the Swan Mountain Recreation Path. The Lowry section will climb 1.5 miles from Swan Meadow Village in Summit Cove to a spot halfway between Sapphire Point and the large, sweeping turn near Lowry Campground.A variety of community leaders and cyclists have shown overwhelming support for the project, county resource specialist Scott Reid said. I get a lot of phone calls from people asking, When are you going to finish? Whats going on?Thus far, the county has about $1.5 million for the Lowry phase, which will require a total of $1.8 million. County officials have raised the money through grants from Colorado State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) Foundation is soliciting additional funds from private sources, including the Summit Foundation, which contributed $25,000 to the project on Monday.Overall, the entire Swan Mountain Recreation Path will cost about $11.8 million and span five miles, someday closing the paved-pathway loop around Dillon Reservoir.Designers are placing the final touches on the construction plan, which will require sign-offs by CDOT and USFS before shovels hit the ground.We fully intend to do something this summer, whether thats clearing or grading or building a portion of the path, Reid said.The Lowry phase could be complete in 2006.The path will include stretches with a 7 percent grade, but designers have incorporated rests at intervals so bikers can catch their breath.Its not an incredibly difficult ride, Reid said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or jsutor@summitdaily.com.

Total pathway length: about 5 miles Length of Lowry section: 1.5 miles Anticipated construction start for Lowry: Summer 2005 Anticipated Lowry section completion: 2006 Overall path cost: about $11.8 million Lowry section cost: $1.8 million Other future path sections: Sapphire, Blue River, Summit Cove


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