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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.

Oct 25

Swan River Restoration Project - Construction Update for Week of October 24, 2016

Posted to Swan River Restoration Project Blog by Jason Lederer

This week, Summit County’s design-build team of Ecological Resource Consultants/Tezak Heavy Equipment (ERC/Tezak) continues major earthwork operations on the Swan River Restoration Project site. You may have noticed some big changes onsite this week as crews completed work on the new crossing and restored the traffic pattern to Tiger Road. This week, crews will continue decommissioning the detour and finish work on the channel passing under the new Tiger Road crossing. If things go well, the upstream diversion will be removed and the new channel will be carrying water by the end of the week!

Guardrail Installation

Guardrail Installation 2

Detour Removal

Finished Crossing Downstream

Finished Crossing
Last week, we were excited to welcome a delegation from Colombia being hosted by our partners at the U.S. Forest Service. The Colombian delegation was represented by staff from a Regional Environmental Authority, National Planning Department, Bogotá Water Company, Valledupar Water Company, and the Valledupar Mayor’s Office. During their weeklong visit to Colorado, the delegation was eager to learn how interagency collaborations and public-private partnerships can benefit natural resource restoration projects. We certainly agree that the Swan River Restoration Project showcases the value of strong partnerships and collaborations with diverse groups. The delegation was quite impressed with the Partnership facilitating this project and eager to apply lessons learned during their visit on natural resource management projects back home in Colombia. It is certainly exciting to see a local project in Summit County achieving international attention.

Colombian Delegation
Work is scheduled to continue through November 2016, followed by a winter shut-down period, before recommencing in spring 2017. Additional information about Swan River Restoration Project is available at 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.