Vail holds off on rec path improvements |

Vail holds off on rec path improvements

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Proposed plans to improve the Gore Valley Trail along Vail Valley Drive won’t be happening anytime soon, according to the Vail Town Council.

What the trail needs now is better signs pointing pedestrians and bikers in the right direction, they said.

The town had considered several improvements on the trail, which winds along Gore Creek, through the villages, behind Golden Peak, and then dumps pedestrians and bikes onto the road until the Vail Golf Course club house.

The trail at that portion posed a safety problem for trail users, and often people don’t know where to connect back to the path, town engineer Tom Kassmel said.

The town talked about different options, including widening the shoulder of Vail Valley Drive or building a separate bike path along the creek.

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While agreeing that the path needed some safety improvements in the future, council members said the work was too expensive.

“We’re in a budget crisis,” said Councilwoman Margaret Rogers. “This is not the thing to be doing now.”

Councilwoman Kim Newbury said that when the path is improved, the town should widen the road and put in a shoulder.

“I do not take my kids riding bikes there because I’m worried about the busy road,” she said.

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