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Sep 28

No active emergencies or disasters at this time.

Posted to Summit County Emergency Blog by Julie Sutor

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Oct 18

2016 Construction Season Recap

Posted to Summit Cove Loop Project Blog by Julie Sutor

With construction season drawing to a close, we’d like to give you an update on the Summit Cove Loop Project and let you know about some changes to our phasing plan.

As blog followers may recall, we had originally planned to widen the causeway on Cove Boulevard this year. However, when we started rolling up our sleeves to get to work on the detailed design, we discovered that the required retaining wall and the condition of the existing culverts would make the project significantly more complex than originally expected. So construction on the causeway will not take place this year, but we will have the final design work completed soon.

The summer of 2016 did include successful reconstruction and repaving of four side streets within Summit Cove. This work was a nearly $700,000 investment in the neighborhood’s road conditions and was much needed because of very weak soils under the roads, which had caused a great deal of pavement roughness and damage. This work over the summer mitigated the poor soils and should ensure a long service life for these streets.

For 2017, we anticipate constructing additional bicycle/pedestrian shoulder improvements along Cove Boulevard. The exact location(s) and extent of this work will be finalized over the next few months as the County prepares the 2017 budget, but we do know that improvements in the Summit Cove Elementary School area will be completed next year. This is due in large part to our successful application for $350,000 in Safe Routes to School grant funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

As we move through the 2017 Summit County budget process, we’ll have a more details on 2017 construction plans. We look forward to seeing you in the Cove next summer as we continue our work to improve all modes of transportation through the neighborhood.

Nov 22

Swan River Restoration Project - Update for Week of November 21, 2016 - Winter Shutdown

Posted to Swan River Restoration Project Blog by Jason Lederer

This week the Swan River Restoration Project is officially entering a winter shutdown period. Summit County’s design-build team of Ecological Resource Consultants/Tezak Heavy Equipment (ERC/Tezak) is completely demobilized from the site.The onsite gravel crushing operation is wrapping up as well. Crews anticipate completing their work and demobilizing from the site over the next several days leaving behind a pile of road base material for the State Highway 9 (SH 9) Iron Springs Realignment project contractor to retrieve next year.

Last week, crews from Western States Reclamation installed the final soil amendments, seed, and erosion control practices just in time for the snow to fly. With any luck, as well a more seasonal weather pattern, the newly placed seed will remain dormant under a blanket of snow in preparation for germination next spring.

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Closed for Restoration

Looking towards spring/summer 2017, the ERC/Tezak team will complete installation of potted and larger plant materials. In addition to contracted plant installation, the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department has ordered several hundred smaller potted and tube planting 

from the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery (CSFSN) to be installed by Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crews and/or volunteers during the 2017 field season. CSFSN planting installation will be overseen by Open Space and Trails staff, as well as members of the design-build team, to ensure proper installation.

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As 2017 project planning advances, project updates will be presented to the Summit County Board of County Commissioners for their input and feedback. Notice of this future meeting will
be announced once scheduled, but likely during early 2017.

We sincerely hope that the this, as well as the previous 22 Swan River Restoration Project blog posts published over the last several months, have been informative and useful to those following this exciting project. This will be the last blog post for 2016, but we will resume posting updates in 2017 as the project begins to ramp back up. Additional information about Swan River Restoration Project is available at RestoreTheSwanRiver.com as well as on the Open Space and Trails Special Projects web page. If you have additional questions about the restoration project, you can contact Summit County Open Space and Trails Director Brian Lorch, or Open Space and Trails Resource Specialist Jason Lederer, or call 970.668.4060.