Vail may build more rec path | VailDaily.com

Vail may build more rec path

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The town of Vail, Colorado may add more path to the Gore Valley Trail from east of Vail Village to the Vail Golf Club, a stretch where pedestrians currently share the road with buses and cars.

Right now the Gore Valley Trail runs through Vail on the south side of Interstate 70, winding mostly along Gore Creek. The path is a separated concrete path in most sections through the village and behind Golden Peak, until it meets up with Vail Valley Drive. From there to Sunburst Drive near the Vail Golf Club, bikes and pedestrians are on the road.

The Vail Valley Drive portion of the path is a safety issue for pedestrians, and town planners want to find a way to make a wider shoulder on Vail Valley Drive or build a separated rec path alongside the road, which could cost anywhere from $500,000 to $12 million. The Vail Town Council will discuss the possible improvements at their meeting next Tuesday night.

The council will also hear about a study to be done on the Eagle River Valley to determine how sustainable the area is and what the towns can do to improve. A group of national experts in sustainable building design, community planning, land use and transportation, will visit the valley this summer and assess how the area is doing, said Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator.

The study is paid for by a $15,000 grant. The experts will give feedback to a group of local town leaders on everything from educational efforts to sustainable building designs to energy efficiency, and give recommendations on how to improve.

A similar study done in Nevada resulted in a statewide wind energy farm program, environmental education programs in schools and new laws that prohibited gas lamps in fireplaces, Bertuglia said.

“We’re hoping for a grant to work with Colorado State University to implement some of (the experts’ suggestions,)” she said. “This survey will also help the towns be more efficient in our efforts. A lot of us are working on the same things, but in different ways, when we can really be working together.”

The council will hear a presentation of the upcoming study on Tuesday night.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

The Vail Town Council meets next Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Vail Municipal Building. For a full agenda, see http://agenda.vailgov.com.