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Summit County Government

Posted on: April 5, 2019

Fremont Pass Recpath Project Delayed Due to Avalanche Damage

An avalanche path in the Tenmile Range runs to the highway.

Construction of the Fremont Pass Recpath segment near Copper Mountain is rescheduled for 2020

Contact: Jason Lederer, Summit County Open Space & Trails: 970-668-4213

SUMMIT COUNTY – As a result of damage caused by recent large avalanches along the Fremont Pass Recpath project alignment, construction of the three-mile-long segment bypassing a narrow section of Highway 91 near Copper Mountain is being delayed until 2020. Construction was originally planned to occur in 2019. Avalanches in the area caused substantial damage to utilities and deposited significant amounts of debris across the project area.

"This is a disappointing setback for the project," Summit County Open Space & Trails Director Brian Lorch said. "However, we understand the need to postpone construction to address utility damage along the alignment.”

The Federal Highway Administration, which is leading the project on behalf of Summit County, informed the County and U.S. Forest Service that it now plans to bid the project during fall 2019, with construction occurring in 2020. Delaying the project will allow ample time for utility companies to clear debris, fully assess damage to their infrastructure and make the necessary repairs before the new Recpath segment is constructed.

“We also wish to remind everyone that the Tenmile Canyon Recpath between Frisco and Copper Mountain remains closed to the public,” Open Space & Trails Resource Specialist Jason Lederer said. “The Tenmile Canyon Recpath runs beneath 25 avalanche paths in the Tenmile Range, which have been historically active this season. We ask you to respect all closures, especially during this uniquely destructive season.”

For the last three avalanche seasons, the Summit County Open Space & Trails Department has contracted with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to assess spring avalanche risk. The Tenmile Recpath will reopen in the spring based on CAIC’s assessment. 

For more information, contact Jason Lederer of the Summit County Open Space & Trails Department at 970-668-4213.


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