Crews back at work on Dowd Junction bike path |

Crews back at work on Dowd Junction bike path

Staff Report
Special to the Daily Crews have begun work again on a bike path from Dowd Junction through Eagle-Vail. Drivers and bicyclists are being urged to use a little extra caution when traveling along the stretch of U.S. Highway 6.

Construction of the 10-foot-wide, 1-mile path between Vail and Eagle-Vail began in September, but worked stopped during the winter. The path runs from the end of the West Vail bike path and alongside U.S. Highway 6 to the entrance to the Kayak Crossing and River Run apartments.

Authorities are asking drivers on this stretch of Highway 6 adjacent to the trail work to slow down and be alert for bicyclists on the highway shoulder and slow-moving construction vehicles.

Bicyclists should also anticipate changes in traffic movements and use extra caution through that highway section. “The trail is being built to give cyclists and walkers an alternative to the highway shoulder,” said Dick Cleveland, of the ECO Eagle Valley Trails board. “Construction work on or near public roadways can be inconvenient at times but we hope everybody will play it safe.”

The trail is being paid for by the ECO sales tax fund, Eagle County, Colorado State Trails Program and the Sonnenalp Foundation. NexGen Constructors of Eagle is the general contractor on the job.

The second phase of the path will cross the Eagle River on its way into Avon. Crews should begin work in that stretch in 2005.

For more information or comments, please contact ECO Trails at 328-3523.

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