Vail Daily letter: Thanks, CDOT |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks, CDOT

Ellie Caryl
Vail, CO, Colorado

The ECO Trails Program of Eagle County would like to thank the Colorado Department of Transportation staff and appointed leaders for their funding and work program decisions for 2012 that yielded improved transportation safety for bicycle, pedestrian and vehicles on the highway corridors we share here in Eagle County.

About 15 years ago, CDOT broadened its agency mission statement to consider and address other modes of transportation such as transit and non-motorized uses of roadways. The following list of projects demonstrates that CDOT is successfully achieving this mission statement.

CDOT repaired several areas of damaged pavement along the Highway 6 corridor that posed a potential hazard to both bicyclists and vehicles.

CDOT teamed with Eagle County to improve shoulders on Highway 6 in between Wolcott and Eagle. The highway overlay included increasing the shoulder width and gave cyclists a place to ride and more passing room for vehicles.

CDOT repaired drainage problems on I-70 over Vail Pass that also were impacting the recreational trail that was built as part of the federal mitigation requirements during the initial Interstate70 construction. The recreation trail is an important facility for our recreation economy and attracts riders from around the state and nation through top to bottom tours as well as those seeking a challenging ride up or a walk. In addition to the drainage improvements, the trail was overlaid and improved with safety signage for emergency services.

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CDOT assisted the ECO Trails program through the permitting and construction process for the Eagle-Vail Trail phase that was completed in November, and the Gypsum to Dotsero Trail that is under way. CDOT also assisted the town of Eagle in their work to construct a new section of the Eagle Valley Trail in central Eagle alongside Highway 6.

These actions were all in addition to the local and regional CDOT staffs’ busy workload of highway maintenance, planning and construction projects. Bicycling and pedestrian facilities are part of a balanced community and in Eagle County and Colorado, those activities help our recreation economy. We thank CDOT for being observant and responsive to the whole host of transportation system users and their safe travels.

Ellie Caryl

ECO Trails Program Manager

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