Tracker: Board of Commissioners 12/18/07 |

Tracker: Board of Commissioners 12/18/07

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

Who they talked to: The Blue Ribbon Pane is made up of local officials from all over the state who advise the governor and state officials on the direction Colorado transportation will take in the future. County Commissioner Peter Runyon represents Eagle County on the panel.

What they said: The panel recommended a $1.5 billion transportation package to the governor. The package would expand and improve highways, rails, and alternative transportation across the state. Of the options discussed, the package the board recommended was a mid-priced option.

What that means: If the package is passed, Eagle County could get funding for a number of projects, said County Engineer Eva Wilson. Possible projects include a new interchange off I-70 at the Eagle County Airport, a bike path to connect Edwards and Eagle, intersection improvements along Highway 6, especially at Lake Creek Road and the mobile home park.

Who they talked to: County engineers, the Colorado Special Highway Committee

What they said: The county received almost $2.3 million from the state to replace the Burns Bridge on Colorado River Road near Burns. The county will pitch in $500,000 toward the project.

What’s next: The single-lane bridge is old and outdated, Wilson said. The $2.8 million project will replace the existing bridge with a new, two-lane bridge with a pedestrian and bike path. Building should begin in 2010.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or

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