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Summit County will kick off the Summit Cove Loop Project this summer, with road resurfacing and new bicycle/pedestrian lanes along Summit Drive
Contacts:Thad Noll, Assistant County Manager970-453-3438, email@example.comDon Reimer, Senior Planner, Summit County Planning Department970-668-4207, firstname.lastname@example.orgKate Berg, Senior Planner, Summit County Planning Department970-668-4204, email@example.com
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Board of County Commissioners announced Tuesday that Summit Cove residents will see much-needed road resurfacing and the installation of bicycle/pedestrian lanes along Summit Drive this summer. Summit County will also conduct major repairs and maintenance on four adjoining side roads. The work comprises Phase 1 of the Summit Cove Loop Project, with construction scheduled to take place from June through October.
In its entirety, the Summit Cove Loop Project will include striped bicycle/pedestrian lanes in both directions along Summit Drive and Cove Boulevard, making for safer and more enjoyable walking and riding experiences along the most heavily traveled roads in Summit Cove. Construction of subsequent phases of the project will occur over the next few years.
The project will also include road resurfacing, crosswalks, drainage improvements and enhanced connectivity with the Summit County Recpath and Summit Stage public transit services.
Phase 1 will include construction on Summit Drive (from the intersection of Cove Boulevard to the intersection of Hideaway Court) and road repair work on Idlewild Drive, Vail Circle, Meadow Drive and Hideaway Court. Side roads in other areas of Summit Cove will be repaired in conjunction with future project phases.
“During our public outreach process for this project, Summit Cove residents made it clear that there is a big demand for repairs to these side roads,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “We’ll realize cost savings and minimize impacts to residents by doing that work in conjunction with the addition of the bicycle/pedestrian lanes on Summit Drive.”
The cost estimate for Phase 1 totals $1.23 million, with $900,000 estimated for the Summit Drive portion and $330,000 for adjacent road repairs. The Summit Cove Loop Project will be funded through the existing Summit County Road and Bridge Fund. There will be no special assessments, local improvement districts or tax increases on Summit Cove residents.
The 4-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian lanes on Summit Drive will be delineated from vehicle lanes and will feature both bicycle and pedestrian pavement markings. Based on public feedback received during the winter, rumble strips and speed bumps will not be included in this section of the project. The road will not be widened beyond its existing shoulders.
“Over the years, citizens have been asking for safer bicycle and pedestrian routes through this neighborhood, and we’re so excited to finally be able to take on a project that will address road maintenance needs and also have such tangible quality-of-life benefits to the residents of Summit Cove,” Davidson said.
Summit County will construct all driveway tie-ins required to connect with the new roadway surface. Project managers will keep residents informed of construction schedules and coordinate with them on driveway connections to the road. Existing driveway culverts will not be impacted by the project.
Summit County has not yet determined the order in which the remaining sections will be completed. Design details and cost estimates remain to be completed, particularly in the school zone, where traffic flow among all the various modes of transportation is most complex.
Once Summit County has selected a contractor for Phase 1 construction, officials will hold an open house in May or June to discuss design details and construction schedules.
For more information on the Summit Cove Loop Project, visit www.co.summit.co.us/summitcoveloop. To receive regular project updates via email, contact Summit County Senior Planners Don Reimer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kate Berg (email@example.com), or call 970-668-4200.