GarCo gives $50k to RFTA for Rio Grande trail segment |

GarCo gives $50k to RFTA for Rio Grande trail segment

The Garfield County Commissioners Monday gave $50,000 to help pay for construction of a section of the Rio Grande Trail. That brings their contribution to $175,000 so far, said Roaring Fork Transportation Authority director of property and trails Mike Hermes.Garfield County’s contribution comes from its Conservation Trust Fund, funded with state lottery money, which the county uses to support trails construction.RFTA will construct a trail segment this summer from Catherine Store Bridge in Carbondale to Hooks Spur in Basalt, a total of 4.6 miles, for a cost of approximately $1 million.That segment, about 30 miles, “will connect Carbondale with Aspen,” Hermes said. The trail follows the former Denver and Rio Grande railroad corridor from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.In late 2005, the commissioners also gave $50,000 for construction of a section of trail in the Crystal River Valley, about a mile of trail south of Carbondale to the Pitkin County line. The commissioners have also given financial help to the Lower Valley Trails Group for its trail beside Interstate 70 from West Glenwood Springs to Canyon Creek. RFTA recently received a federal grant for $850,000 which will go toward constructing about six miles of trail from the Glenwood Springs cemetery to the Colorado Mountain College turnoff on Highway 82, Hermes said.RFTA board hopes to have the Rio Grande Trail running from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by 2010.”The trail in general is looking very good,” Hermes said. “It’s looking like it will be a reality.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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