Eagle-Vail rec path opens Friday
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the new pedestrian path in Eagle Vail will be held at the entrance to the path on the east side of the roundabout at Post Boulevard and Highway 6 at 3:30 p.m., Friday. Construction of the contentious half-diamond interchange in Eagle Vail began in August of 2002. Many citizens of the Eagle Vail community expressed strong opposition to this project, primarily because of potential increased traffic on U.S. Highway 6 through their community.
In an effort to mitigate some of these impacts, Eagle County teamed up with Traer Creek -the developers of the Wal-Mart Supercenter – and the Eagle Vail Metro District to fund a new pedestrian path along Highway 6.
The cost of the path was approximately $500,000 with Traer Creek contributing $200,000, Eagle Vail Metro, $175,000 and Eagle County, $125,000.
In addition to the monetary contribution, Eagle County Engineering designed the path and managed its construction.
The path begins at Eagle Road and runs along the south side of Highway 6 to a pedestrian crossing at Stone Creek Road. The path continues along the north side of the highway and links up with the sidewalks along the new Post Blvd bridge.
This new path allows pedestrians to safely access the stores at the Billage of Avon. It also connects the Riverside Court neighborhood to the rest of Eagle Vail.