Eagle Valley Trail construction finally nearing end — The Know

Construction of the Eagle Valley Trail — a paved recreation path that stretches from the top of Vail Pass to the mouth of Glenwood Canyon — has been a marathon endeavor in terms of timing and dollars.

And, like a marathon, the final mile is proving to be the hardest to tackle. Actually, it is the final 12 miles of the project that are particularly challenging. But on Tuesday, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners agreed to a financing plan that will provide between $20 million and $22 million to bridge the Eagle Valley Trail’s final 12 miles.

According to the Eagle County website, there are four remaining sections of the Eagle Valley Trail to be constructed — between EagleVail and Dowd Junction, between Dowd Junction and Minturn, between Duck Pond Open Space and Dotsero and Glenwood Canyon, and between Horn Ranch Open Space and Edwards.

Once these four segments are completed, the trail will complete Eagle County’s section of a paved trail system that runs from Breckenridge to Aspen.

The road diet project currently underway in EagleVail is already tackling one of those segments. Slated for completion in September, U.S. Highway 6 through EagleVail into Avon is being condensed from five lanes to three lanes near mile markers 172 and 173 to create a new hard surface recreation path for pedestrians and bikers.

Read the full story from our partner at vaildaily.com.

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