RFTA receives $200,000 grant for Rio Grande Trail
A section of the Rio Grande Trail slated for construction this summer got a financial boost this week. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) received a $200,000 state trails grant, which will go toward financing construction of a 4.6-mile segment of trail between Catherine Store Bridge and Hooks Lane in Basalt.RFTA property and trails director Mike Hermes said the grant was awarded because of local governments cooperating to fund the trail section.RFTA itself has contributed $800,000 for construction of the segment that is expected to cost about $1.2 million. The town of Carbondale and the Mid-Valley Trail Committee, based in Eagle County, both committed $10,000. Earlier this month, Garfield County promised $50,000 toward construction of the trial.”The community involvement really put us over the top (in scoring the grant),” Hermes said.The Rio Grande Trail, when completed, will follow the historic railway from Glenwood Springs to Woody Creek.A railroad salvage company, Tie Yard of Omaha, will pull up the tracks and ties beginning at the end of this month. RFTA will receive $1.6 million for track and tie salvage between the Orrison Distributing warehouse south of Glenwood Springs and Woody Creek, Hermes said.Construction of the Catherine Store to Hooks Lane section is expected to take from 60 to 90 days.RFTA also 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.The RFTA board hopes to have the Rio Grande Trail running from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by 2010.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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