Pathway Project moves closer to construction |

Pathway Project moves closer to construction

Lance Maggart

Granby’s long awaited US Highway 40 Pathway Project could break ground later this summer.

Granby Town Manager Wally Baird said the project has been completely designed and the Town has received clearance on the project from the various utilities that will be affected by the work. Currently the Town is awaiting go-ahead approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Baird said he expects CDOT to authorize Granby to put the project out for bidding in the near future but was uncertain of a specific timeline. “Anytime you are dealing with the State it is a delayed process,” he said. Baird explained he expects some construction on the project to be done this summer with project completion coming next summer.

The Highway 40 Pathway Project will create a continuous paved pathway on the west side of US 40 from Thompson Road, at the turnoff to City Market, to Kaibab Park. The pathway will be for both pedestrian and bicycle use.

The pathway will be constructed in the right-of-way beside US 40. It will run past Power World and the Grand Fire Protection District’s Fire House before turning west just before reaching the Fraser River. It will connect to Kaibab Park via the walking bridge over the river.

Town officials hope to eventually connect the pathway to the Granby downtown area via an overpass pathway project the Town hopes to construct sometime in the future. The Overpass Pathway Project and the Highway Pathway Project are separate projects and the Town has no immediate plans to develop an overpass pathway.

The Highway Pathway Project is estimated to cost around a million dollars. The Town previously secured funding for the project primarily in the form of grants. Granby received a $392,000 grant from CDOT’s transportation enhancement funds. Granby applied an additional $100,000 in Town funds and used the combined funds, totaling $492,000 to apply for a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs (DOLA). Granby was awarded a $492,000 grant from DOLA bringing the total available funding for the project to $984,000.

The project itself is fairly straightforward. Contractors will be required to prepare the ground along the highway right-of-way and put down a sub-base path in preparation of the laying of asphalt. Paving of the sub-base path will be done and signage will be installed. The pathway will be roughly 12 feet wide with approximately eight feet covered with asphalt and two feet on each side of the asphalt covered in soft gravel. The pathway will connect to the larger Headwaters Trail Alliance trail system and links to the larger Fraser to Granby Trail.

Baird explained the Highway Pathway Project was made possible, in part, by a resolution passed by the Colorado State Legislature that makes highway right-of-ways available for the development of pathways where appropriate.

Discussions about the pathway project got going in 2009. At the time both the Highway Pathway Project and the Overpass Pathway Project were lumped together as a single project, however Town officials divided the two sections into separate projects to allow for construction on the Highway Pathway Project as issues with easements are worked out for the Overpass Pathway Project.

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