Summit Cove Loop Project
Through the Summit Cove Loop Project, Summit County is installing bicycle/pedestrian lanes in both directions along Summit Drive and Cove Boulevard, creating safer and more enjoyable walking and riding experiences along a 2.4-mile loop in the Summit Cove neighborhood.
The project also includes roadway improvements, drainage improvements and enhanced connectivity with the Summit County Recpath and Summit Stage transit services.
The Summit Cove Loop Project will be completed in multiple phases, with one phase constructed each summer over multiple summer construction seasons. Phase 1 (Summit Drive and adjoining side roads) was completed in September 2015. Phase 2 (Soda Creek causeway widening and resurfacing of several side roads) is taking place in summer 2016.
Project Status Updates
For Summit Cove Loop Project status updates, see the project blog. Check out the public feedback page to find out how we're incorporating residents' ideas into the project design.
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The Summit Cove Loop Project includes a number of key improvements to enhance travel by vehicle, bicycle and foot in Summit Cove.
- Bicycle/pedestrian lanes: Cove Boulevard and Summit Drive will be striped within the existing road right-of-way to accommodate 4-5-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian lanes in both directions. Pavement markings will delineate these lanes from the vehicle lanes. Unlike the RecPath and greenbelt trails, these new lanes will be plowed during the winter to allow for year-round use. Widening of the existing asphalt will be minimized to the greatest extent possible. Along Summit Drive, improvements were designed to fit within the existing road bench (edge of shoulder to edge of shoulder). We will not widen the roads onto private properties.
- Drainage: Roadside drainage will be improved at various locations throughout the loop, increasing safety and pavement life.
- Roadway: Portions of the roadway are being completely rebuilt in some sections and overlaid with new asphalt in others. We are adjusting intersections of several streets to improve visibility and pedestrian safety.
- Adjacent Roads: During each phase of the project, we plan to make necessary repairs and improvements to roads that connect to the section of the loop that’s under construction. By the end of the project, all maintenance needs on adjacent side roads will be addressed.
- RecPath/Trail Connections: The Summit Cove Loop bike and pedestrian lanes will be connected to the Summit County RecPath at several locations. In some locations, we’ll improve unofficial (social) trails between the road and the Recpath. Where appropriate, we’ll add crosswalks or signage at RecPath connections.
- Summit Stage Stop: The Summit Stage stop on Cove Boulevard will remain at its current location. We plan to make improvements to the signage and striping to increase safety in the area, and we are continuing to work with the Summit Stage to identify additional improvements such as bike racks.
- Traffic flow: Through the combination of the above, we anticipate that vehicle speeds in the area, especially near the school, will be reduced.
The Summit Cove Loop Project is broken down into three sections (illustrated in the map in the Related Resources section below), each with its own unique design constraints and traffic patterns. Construction will take place in phases, over a period of multiple years.
- September – December 2014: Preliminary design
- September – December 2014: Community outreach and stakeholder dialogue
- December 10, 2014: Community Open House
- December 2014 - January 2015: Review and analysis of community feedback
- January - May 2015: Final design; develop initial project phasing plan; award construction bid for Phase 1
- June 4, 2015: Phase 1 Pre-Construction Open House
- July-September 2015: Phase 1 Construction (Summit Drive and repair on five adjacent roads)
- May-October 2016: Phase 2 Construction (Soda Creek causeway widening, repair on side roads)
- May-October 2017: Phase 3 Construction (school zone improvements, Cove Boulevard)
The Summit Cove Loop Project is funded through the existing Summit County Road and Bridge Fund. There will be no special assessments, local improvement districts, public improvement districts or tax increases on Summit Cove property owners for this project. In May 2016, CDOT awarded Summit County a $350,000 Safe Routes to School grant, which will help fund improvements in the school zone in the vicinity of Summit Cove Elementary School.
The Summit County Planning Department welcomes feedback on the Summit Cove Loop Project from residents and businesses in the neighborhood. If you have questions or comments, contact the Summit County Road and Bridge Department at 970-668-3590.
Learn about topics and issues raised through Summit Cove Loop public feedback process conducted in late 2014 and early 2015.
View the resources and documents below for background information related to the Summit Cove Loop Project.
- Walkability study: Summit County conducted a walkability study (pdf) in 2009 to identify strategies for improving pedestrian travel throughout the county, including Summit Cove.
- Snake River Master Plan: Enhancements to pedestrian and bicycle routes in Summit Cove are called for in the Snake River Master Plan, adopted in 2010.
- Project Map: View a map of the Summit Cove Loop Project (pdf).
- Video: The Summit Cove Loop planner and civil engineer provide background and discuss proposed design details.
Summit County has prepared designs for public discussion and feedback.
- Summit Drive: View an illustration of the preliminary design for Summit Drive (jpg).
- School zone: View an illustration of the preliminary design for the school zone (jpg).
- Bus stop: View an illustration of the preliminary design for the Summit Stage bus stop (jpg) on Cove Boulevard.
Cove Boulevard, existing
Cove Boulevard, proposed
Summit Drive, prior to improvements
Summit Drive, with improvements (completed September 2015)
School Zone, existing
School Zone, proposed