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Sep 28

No active emergencies or disasters at this time.

Posted to Summit County Emergency Blog by Julie Sutor

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Oct 18

2016 Construction Season Recap

Posted to Summit Cove Loop Project Blog by Julie Sutor

With construction season drawing to a close, we’d like to give you an update on the Summit Cove Loop Project and let you know about some changes to our phasing plan.

As blog followers may recall, we had originally planned to widen the causeway on Cove Boulevard this year. However, when we started rolling up our sleeves to get to work on the detailed design, we discovered that the required retaining wall and the condition of the existing culverts would make the project significantly more complex than originally expected. So construction on the causeway will not take place this year, but we will have the final design work completed soon.

The summer of 2016 did include successful reconstruction and repaving of four side streets within Summit Cove. This work was a nearly $700,000 investment in the neighborhood’s road conditions and was much needed because of very weak soils under the roads, which had caused a great deal of pavement roughness and damage. This work over the summer mitigated the poor soils and should ensure a long service life for these streets.

For 2017, we anticipate constructing additional bicycle/pedestrian shoulder improvements along Cove Boulevard. The exact location(s) and extent of this work will be finalized over the next few months as the County prepares the 2017 budget, but we do know that improvements in the Summit Cove Elementary School area will be completed next year. This is due in large part to our successful application for $350,000 in Safe Routes to School grant funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

As we move through the 2017 Summit County budget process, we’ll have a more details on 2017 construction plans. We look forward to seeing you in the Cove next summer as we continue our work to improve all modes of transportation through the neighborhood.

Feb 16

Swan River Restoration Project Update - Update to BOCC & New Grant Funding

Posted to Swan River Restoration Project Blog by Jason Lederer

It may be midwinter, but work on the Swan River Restoration Project continues. We wanted to provide you with a couple of updates as we look towards spring and the 2017 field season:

  1. Annual Update to the Summit County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC): One of the conditions of Summit County’s gravel milling permit (Conditional Use Permit) requires annual project updates to the BOCC. The Summit County Open Space and Trails Department (OST) will be providing its first annual update at a BOCC worksession on Tuesday, March 7th at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the County Courthouse in Breckenridge. OST will review accomplishments from 2016 and discuss plans for the 2017 field season including; installation of final restoration plantings, as well as options and approaches for continuing to remove gravel from the upstream Reach B. As always, your attendance at these meetings is welcomed. Please do not hesitate to contact OST with any other questions, or comments about this meeting. 
  2. Grant Funding: Summit County recently learned it is being awarded a $40,000 CWCB Watershed Restoration Grant. These CWCB grant funds will be applied towards Reach A upland restoration plantings. This is exciting news and, including the $59,000 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wetlands and Riparian Restoration grant funding awarded late last year, brings the total new restoration grant funding to nearly $100,000! Given this recent funding injection, OST is working with its design team to update the Reach A restoration planting plan, as well as maintenance and monitoring approaches in 2017. 

It is shaping up to be an exciting 2017 field season and once the snow melts, we plan to hit the ground running! 

Additional information about Swan River Restoration Project is available at RestoreTheSwanRiver.com as well as on the Open Space and Trails Special Projects web page. If you have additional questions, you can also contact Summit County Open Space and Trails Director Brian Lorch, or Open Space and Trails Senior Resource Specialist Jason Lederer.
 
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