County to consider costs and conditions for CRMS trail |

County to consider costs and conditions for CRMS trail

Garfield County commissioners today will consider what it will cost to put a foot trail through the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus west of Carbondale, after a compromise was reached last week on a trail route.

The new plan calls for several minor improvements to allow nonmotorized passage along the historic County Road 106 right of way that runs through the campus and which the county has repeatedly declined to vacate.

It would involve a short, crushed limestone surface trail near the south entrance to the campus at County Road 108, a striped bike lane on the existing asphalt driveway and a delineated crosswalk near the school’s Bar Fork building.

From there, another limestone surface path would be built adjacent to the roadway extending to the north entrance at Dolores Way, including a new culvert crossing the Rockford Ditch and a center post to keep motor vehicles from accessing the trail.

The new plan is expected to cost less than an earlier, more extensive trail option that was estimated at around $39,000.

A cost estimate for the new trail proposal will be presented by county road and bridge officials during the regular commissioners meeting this afternoon. At that time, a cost-sharing arrangement with CRMS, maintenance duties and other conditions of approval may also be addressed.

The compromise trail alignment was agreed to Oct. 5 by the commissioners and CRMS officials. It will not use barriers to block internal traffic flow on the campus as the previous plan would have done in an effort to protect pedestrians passing through. Instead, stop signs are to be installed at the various trail crossings.

The county, school representatives and area residents have been working since last spring to come up with a trail plan after concerns were raised that it appeared CRMS was trying to block public access through the campus by building a new entryway monument.

County commissioners have maintained that they do not wish to honor CRMS’s requests to vacate the public roadway, which was closed to vehicle traffic in 1979 but was kept open for emergency and nonmotorized access.

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