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Golden Spike Celebration honors completion of the Rio Grande Trail

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Rio Grande Trail, which stretches from Glenwood Springs all the way to Aspen, is now complete, and its time to celebrate.Now the Roaring Fork Valley has 44 miles of continuous multi-use trail. The last link, a 51⁄4 mile section of the trail that stretches from State Highway 133 in Carbondale to County Road 154 at the Thunder River Marketplace (Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus turnoff) has been paved, completed ahead of schedule, and is ready for use. Most of the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Glenwood is paved, with the exception of an 11-mile, soft-surface stretch from Woody Creek to Aspen. To celebrate the completion of the Rio Grande Trail, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is hosting a party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, with a ribbon-cutting at noon. This will combine a celebration of the summer solstice as well as the trail opening and dedication. The event is named the Golden Spike Celebration, in honor of the golden spike that tied together the transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869. It makes sense to ride the coattails of history in our celebration on June 21st, says Robert Comey, RFTA Rio Grande Trail and Corridor manager. The original inscription on that spike read: May God continue the unity of our Country as this Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world. Presented by David Hewes San Francisco. Mr. Hewes drew upon the recent history of the Civil War in crafting his inscription. The completion of the Rio Grande Trail holds similar promise: to unite valley communities through a non-motorized transportation backbone. The celebration will be fun for the whole family, including a free barbecue, live music, informational booths, a ribbon-cutting, and an organized ride through the communities along the trail. Save gas, save the environment and ride your bike to the event. Riders will meet at various times, starting as early as 9 a.m. in Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt and Glenwood Springs, and ride to the venue in Carbondale, arriving in time for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information on the rides or the Golden Spike Celebration, please contact Angela Kincade at RFTA, 482-4982.

20th Street remains closed throughout the remainder of this week and all of next week to complete the water and sewer replacement work. The whitewater park loading area is still being completed.On the 27th Street and South Grand Avenue signal project, contractors have started locates so they can start boring electric line for the signal. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of the summer.Donegan Road Reconstruction Phase II will get started on June 24 and run through Sept. 30. The project will take place on Donegan Road between Stone-ridge Court and the east entrance of Fairview Drive. Due to the construction of retaining walls and utilities, there will be some days when the road will be totally closed in this section except to local traffic. Part of the project does include the replacement of the heated intersection on Cedar Crest Drive; while this part is being built, traffic will be detoured through Sunny Acres. The city of Glenwood Springs and its contractors would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience while these improvements are being made. Should you have any concerns or questions, contact Assistant City Engineer King Lloyd at 384-6435.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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