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Tenmile Canyon and Vail Pass sections remain closed for now
Contact:Jason Lederer, Summit County Open Space & Trails, 970-668-4213SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Recreational Pathway System (Recpath) is now open for the 2018 season. With the exception of sections from Frisco to Vail Pass, the County’s network of paved pathways is now fully plowed and swept.“The opening of the Recpath is one of the most eagerly anticipated signs of spring in Summit County,” Open Space & Trails Senior Resource Specialist Jason Lederer said. “We’re always excited to bring it out of hibernation so everyone can get out there and enjoy it again.”The Tenmile Canyon Recpath typically opens significantly later than other stretches of the pathway system, because it runs underneath 25 avalanche paths in the Tenmile Range. For the last three seasons, the Summit County Open Space & Trails Department has contracted with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to assess spring avalanche risk. CAIC has reported significant reduction in snowpack in the largest avalanche paths above the Recpath, but avalanche conditions will persist as the snowpack transitions to a springtime regime.“Public safety is always our paramount concern when determining when to open each section of the Recpath,” Summit County Open Space & Trails Director Brian Lorch said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience in staying off the Recpath in Tenmile Canyon while it is closed.”A single-lane road closure is in place on southbound Colorado Highway 9 between Gateway Drive and Stan Miller Drive to accommodate a detour of the Blue River Recpath while the Town of Breckenridge installs a new pipeline for the Town’s second water treatment plant. All work is scheduled to be completed before Memorial Day. In coordination with this project, Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge will implement roadway improvements along Swan Mountain Road near the Blue River Sanitation District Plant to provide enhanced shoulders for cyclists.“This has been an area of concern for cyclists descending Swan Mountain Road from Sapphire Point,” Lorch said. “These improvements will improve safety and traffic flow where the road flattens and cyclists tend to lose speed.”Construction crews will maintain detours and traffic control on Swan Mountain Road and the Blue River Recpath during pipeline installation; the Recpath will remain open throughout construction in 2018.2018 is the first year that the new Iron Springs Recpath will be open for the full summer season. The new alignment is part of CDOT’s Highway 9 Iron Springs Project, where construction wrapped up in fall 2017.“The project is substantially complete, but Recpath users should be aware that CDOT will be working on a few minor items along the new alignment.” Lederer said. “We will also be installing new wayfinding signage and striping as the County assumes operations and maintenance responsibilities along this new section.”At this time of year, Recpath users should stay alert for wet and icy spots and be prepared to encounter workers and maintenance vehicles. Summit County urges Recpath users to exercise caution and to slow down when approaching work areas or vehicles.For more information about the Summit County Recreational Pathway, contact the Open Space & Trails Department at 970-668-4060, or visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/OpenSpace.