Wildernest resident opposes proposed new road to Frisco
The proposal to build a road-bike path-pedestrian walkway between Frisco and Wildernest would have a significant impact on one of the most beautiful trail systems in Summit County.
I live in Wildernest and run parts of the trail proposed as the roadway almost daily. Adding automobile and additional biking traffic through this National Forest land will have an impact on the wildlife habitat of elk, deer, moose, beaver and coyotes.
The road, as planned, would run adjacent to an elk calving area.
I meet many trail-users from Silverthorne and Dillon, not just the Wildernest, who use these trails for hiking, running, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
This area is for nonmotorized recreation and should remain in this natural state.
Two people mentioned as the meeting organizers have business interest in the Wildernest community, so I question their motive suggesting such a plan.
I personally believe there are business motives behind this proposal.
What benefit would there possibly be to the Silverthorne and Frisco residents to have a connection road between Frisco and the Wildernest, except for the one to two hours a year that both Dillon Dam Road and Interstate 70 are closed?
I have lived here for 15 years and never remember all three east-west roads being closed at the same time (I-70, Dillon Dam Road and Swan Mountain Road).
The proposed road would add more traffic into the Wildernest community, creating possible road reconstruction and road maintenance, thus increasing our taxes in the Buffalo Mountain Metro District, already the fourth highest in the county.
Dan Fallon stated, “It makes it easier just to live in Summit County.” Building a road through one of the most beautiful forest areas in the county doesn’t have to be done to benefit making someone’s life easier to live here.
The $3 million projected for this construction could better be used elsewhere such as toward the construction of the bike path between Farmer’s Korner and Summit Cove.
I request the U.S. Forest Service, County Commissioners, County Planning, Frisco Town Council and the Buffalo Mountain Metro District Board reject this proposal should it come before you.
Anyone interested in walking the proposed route to experience the beauty of this area may contact me at (970) 262-0984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also anyone interested in forming a group of concerned citizens, please contact me.
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