Eagle-Vail gets new bike path | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail gets new bike path

Matt Terrell
Vail CO, Colorado
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyEagle-Vail resident Griselda Deila Maggiora pushes a stroller down the rocky grass along Eagle Road to avoid traffic Thursday.

EAGLE-VAIL ” If there’s any place you’re guaranteed to find speedy 16-year-olds with a fresh driver’s license, it’s Eagle Road in Eagle-Vail.

The traffic to and from Battle Mountain High School worries Kari Corbin, who walks kids at her daycare and summer camp down Eagle Road to the park and swimming pool every day.

“At lunch hour, kids will be driving really fast down that road,” Corbin said.

During the school year, you’ll see Battle Mountain athletes jogging down that street. Students from both Battle Mountain and Meadow Mountain Elementary walk down Eagle Road to get to class, and there are residents out biking and walking as well. In the winter, pedestrians are sometimes forced off the road and into the snow banks to flee oncoming cars.

It can be a crowded road without much room for walkers and bikers. The Eagle-Vail Property Owner’s Association decided it was time for a bike and pedestrian path.

Construction will soon start on the path, which will go from Highway 6 to Battle Mountain High School on Eagle Road, and construction has already started on asphalt overlays in the area.

“I have to make my kids walk in people’s yards and in the dirt, so it’s not the ideal way to walk,” Corbin said. “The path will make things a little more safe.”

The Eagle-Vail Property Owner’s Association will cover about 50 percent of the bill, which adds up to about $67,000. Eagle County and the Eagle County School District will each cover 25 percent, about $33,500 each.

“It’s been something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, so we’re excited,” said Jeff Layman, president of the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association board.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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