Crystal trail construction to begin
July 6, 2009
CARBONDALE – Construction of the first leg of the Crystal Bike Trail south of Carbondale is set to begin July 13 and continue into mid-November.
The 5.3-mile trail segment will be constructed on the east side of Highway 133, along the Crystal River, from the vicinity of the Carbondale fire station to the BRB Campground.
The construction is expected to have minimal impact on traffic and won’t require lane closures on the highway until bridges are installed over the Crystal River and Thompson Creek, in the late summer and fall.
The asphalt trail will be 8 feet wide with an additional 4 feet of soft surface in most places.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is funding the lion’s share of the $3 million project with help from a $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado Grant. The town of Carbondale has contributed nearly $400,000 to the project and Garfield County kicked in $200,000. A $50,000 contribution from the Jelinek family will also go toward the Garfield County portion of the trail.