West Glenwood trail wins mineral lease grant
A plan by the city of Glenwood Springs to complete what’s now a dead-end pedestrian path along west Midland Avenue has earned grant funding from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District.
The $375,000 grant will help finish the trail from where it now ends near the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at Glenwood Meadows, providing a pedestrian and bike route to and from neighborhoods north of the Colorado River and Interstate 70.
City officials are hoping to complete the trail project in advance of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s planned Grand Avenue Bridge replacement.
It is seen as one way to potentially ease traffic congestion by reducing the number of vehicles on Midland during what’s planned to be a 90-day Highway 82 detour along that part of Midland in late 2017.
The new trail link is to include a bridge crossing from the south to the north side of Midland Avenue near the Wulfsohn Road intersection.
From there, a new path will continue along Midland, under the railroad tracks to the existing vehicle bridge by the whitewater park and the double roundabout at Exit 114.
The Glenwood Springs project is one of seven larger FMLD grants totaling more than $1.6 million that were announced Wednesday by the district for its fall grant cycle.
Projects in each of the six Garfield County municipalities earned funding this time around, including:
• New Castle public roadway improvements, $462,000
• Parachute utility line relocation, $300,000
• Rifle Housing Authority, Jackson Heights facility maintenance, $101,500
• Rifle Creek Trail construction, $128,252
• Silt Main Street improvements (south side), $213,770
• Carbondale Community School sewer line connection $80,067
In addition, the special Mineral Lease District, which awards funds derived from mineral and oil and gas extraction on federal lands in Garfield County, awarded $144,127 worth of smaller “minigrants.”
Among the smaller grant awards was $23,177 for the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District to replace firefighting equipment.
According to a fire district news release, the grant will be used to purchase fire hose, a fire hose tester and portable tank liners after a large amount of fire hose failed during a recent annual test.
“Thanks to this funding we are able to replace fire hose and portatank liners that are no longer serviceable,” Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said in a news release.
The grant award does not require matching funds from the fire district.
Other minigrants awarded for the fall FMLD cycle include:
• Carbondale, Third Street Center heating system and Community Bread Oven shelter, $25,000
• New Castle Community Center improvements, $25,000
• Glenwood Springs pedestrian/bicycle wayfinding signage, $21,950
• Parachute, police radar and school speed signs, $25,000
• Silt wastewater system electrical upgrade $24,000
The Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District was founded in 2011, and since its first grant cycle in spring 2012 has awarded more than $13.7 million in grants to local government entities.
The spring 2016 grant cycle will begin in February, and the next award announcements are anticipated in April.
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