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Work will include enhanced shoulders, pathway widening, signage, pavement markings and bike/pedestrian crossings
Contact: Jason Lederer, Summit County Open Space & Trails, 970-668-4213
SUMMIT COUNTY – Starting this week, Summit County will begin work on improvements to the Swan Mountain Road Recreational Pathway. The projects will take place at both ends of Swan Mountain Road, providing enhanced shoulders, pathway widening, pavement markings, signage and bike/pedestrian crossings. One project is located near the Blue River Sanitation District Plant at Highway 9. The other is on the east end of Swan Mountain Road near Cove Boulevard and Highway 6.
“These locations where the Recpath shares the roadway have typically been areas of concern for cyclists,” Resource Specialist Jason Lederer said. “The planned improvements will look similar to the red-painted, at-grade segment of pathway along Dillon Dam Road. Our goal is to enhance safety, traffic flow and the overall user experience near these busy intersections.”
Each of the two projects will take about two weeks to complete. Work will start on the west end of Swan Mountain Road near Highway 9 later this week. Once that project is complete, work will begin on the east end of Swan Mountain Road near Cove Boulevard, wrapping up in mid-August.
“Both Recpath improvement projects were initiated by recent nearby projects: the Summit Cove Loop Project and the Breckenridge water intake pipeline project,” Open Space & Trails Director Brian Lorch said. “Both of these larger projects provided the opportunity to widen Swan Mountain Road and create at-grade improvements. In addition, the Swan Mountain Road Recpath projects are a natural complement to the multimodal improvements the County is constructing in Summit Cove.”
Construction crews will maintain detours and traffic control on Swan Mountain Road, and the Recpath will remain open throughout construction. However, cyclists and motorists should use extra caution when traveling through these locations and slow down when approaching work zones.
For more information about the Summit County Recreational Pathway, contact the Open Space & Trails Department at 970-668-4060, or visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/OpenSpace.