Rio Grande celebrates its first birthday on Saturday |

Rio Grande celebrates its first birthday on Saturday

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Rio Grande Trail Celebration is this weekend. Climb aboard your bike and pedal your way to the celebration with us. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is hosting the party this Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be celebrating the first anniversary of the completion of the Rio Grande Trail. Come join us as we “race” our way to free food, music, and a bouncy house for the kids. Glenwood Springs Mayor Bruce Christensen and Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland will be leading “races” from each end of the valley to meet at the Carbondale park-and-ride for our celebration. Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt participants will meet at various times, starting at 9 a.m. and Glenwood participants will meet at O’Leary Park at 9:45 a.m. and ride to the venue in Carbondale, arriving in time for fun, food and festivities. The Rio Grande Trail stretches from Glenwood Springs all the way to Aspen, uniting valley communities through a nonmotorized transportation system. The multi-use trail has 44 miles of continuous pathway protected from vehicular traffic except at intersections. Most of the trail is paved, with the exception of an 11-mile, soft-surface stretch from Woody Creek to Aspen, Join us! The celebration will be fun for the whole family, including free food, live music, informational booths and an organized ride through the communities along the trail. Save gas, save the environment and ride your bike to the event. For more information or to obtain a trail map on the Rio Grande Trail, please visit and click on Rio Grande Trail. For additional information about the Rio Grande Celebration or to participate in the race, please contact Dawn Chase at RFTA, 384-4985.

Construction is continuing at the 27th Street and Midland Avenue Roundabout. Detours are in place; please use caution when traveling through the construction area. The city’s Electric Department will continue to upgrade its system on Donegan Road. Donegan Road will be closed to through traffic between Sunny Acres and Vista Drive. This section of the road will be open to local traffic only. The construction work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions pertaining to this project, you may contact the city’s Electric Department at 384-6352. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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