Granby Pathway Project gets green light
Granby’s long awaited Pathway Project has a green lightUS and construction is expected to begin as soon as the weather allows, most likely sometime in early April 2016.
Town officials confirmed Wednesday Nov. 11 that funding for the project has been locked down and the bidding process for construction will begin sometime in Dec.
The Granby Pathway Project will create a pedestrian and bicycle path running alongside US Highway 40 from Kaibab Park, just north of the Fraser River and adjacent to Highway 40, to Thompson Road, the turnoff road to City Market on the southern end of Granby.
The total cost of the project will be roughly one million dollars. Funding for the Pathway Project comes primarily in the form of grants. Granby has received $392,000 for the project from transportation enhancement funds from CDOT. The Town of Granby applied an additional $100,000 of Town funds to the funds from CDOT; then used the combined funds, totaling $492,000, to apply for a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Granby was awarded the DOLA grant for $492,000, bringing the available funding for the project to just fewer than one million dollars and allowing Town officials to move ahead with bidding for construction.
Plans for the project have been submitted to CDOT for review and approval. The pathway built this spring will be a total of 12 feet wide with approximately eight feet covered with asphalt and four feet of soft gravel. The Pathway Project will connect to the Headwaters Trail Alliance trail system and would be a part of the larger Fraser to Granby Trail.
The Pathway Project is one half of a larger project that will eventually connect Agate Ave. in Granby, US 40, to the regions south of the Fraser River with an easily accessible pedestrian pathway. The second half of the project intends to construct a pedestrian overpass above the railroad tracks that run between Agate Ave. and the Fraser River. The pedestrian overpass would be separate from the Highway 40 overpass that also crosses the railroad tracks.
Granby Town Manager Wally Baird explained that the project began taking shape in earnest in 2009 and both the pedestrian overpass and the pathway project were originally lumped together as a single planned project. The two segments were eventually separated to allow movement on the Pathway Project while issues regarding easements that affect the overpass could be worked out. Negotiations and discussions about the pedestrian overpass are still ongoing with no anticipated timeline for construction yet available.
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