West Glenwood trail moves forward
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A last roadblock to a long-awaited trail beginning at West Glenwood along Interstate 70 was removed last week, when Great Outdoors Colorado approved a modification to a $1.2 million grant to the Lower Valley Trails Group.
Because of sharply rising construction costs, the group could not meet the cost of a trail from West Glenwood to Canyon Creek. Although it had planned for about $1.5 million in expenses, by the time the project went out to bid, the cost had risen to $3.9 million.
LOVA then went back to GOCO to modify the scope of work for the grant, which was approved Thursday, said LOVA Executive Director Larry Dragon.
“They were very supportive. They understood the economic problem we faced,” he said. “Finally the stars are aligning.”
The city of Glenwood Springs has contributed about $600,000 and Garfield County is putting $733,000 into the project.
LOVA also has a $153,000 grant from Colorado State Parks.
On Monday, Dragon planned to ask county commissioners to approve a construction contract with Kiewit Corp. for the abbreviated trail.
Dragon said once the commissioners approve the contract, construction could begin in early July.
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