THE TRAIL SURVEY, INFO ON POTENTIAL TRAIL ALIGNMENTS AND VIDEOS OF PRESENTATIONS Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail now have until Nov. 15th to do so. The deadline has been extended from Oct. 30th. Directly below is a link to information that was presented on the potential alignments at a pair of open house presentations in September, as well as a link to the online survey regarding the alignment alternatives. Also provided is a link to a video of one of the September presentations by the environmental and engineering consultants, and a video link on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley.
Click here for an interactive display of potential trail alignments, environmental and engineering info and more.
Click here for a link to our survey. Responses are due by Nov. 15th.
Click here for a video of the presentations by environmental and engineering consultants on Sept. 7th.
Click here for a video on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING REPORTS, AND MAP BOARDS FROM THE OPEN HOUSE DISPLAYS Below are the summary reports provided by environmental and engineering consultants who studied the trail alternatives in the Crystal Valley. The files are downloadable. Also provided are downloadable files of the map boards that were on display at the presentation/open houses on Sept. 6th and 7th in Redstone and Carbondale, and easy-to-read summaries of each segment. The information contained in the map boards and summaries is also available within the link above (the interactive display of potential trail alignments, environmental and engineering info and more). Paper copies of the map boards are available at the front desk of the Redstone Inn and at the library in Carbondale.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR The Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail is one of 16 trail projects across Colorado that was chosen for a statewide trails initiative called Colorado's 16. Subsequently, Great Outdoors Colorado in December 2016 awarded a $100,000 grant to the planning phase for this trail. In addition, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails budgeted $200,000 in 2017 for the planning, which included engineering and natural resource studies. ERO Resources was hired to conduct the environmental data collection while Loris and Associates Consulting Engineers handled the engineering feasibility work. The results of these efforts were unveiled at a pair of well-attended public presentations/open houses, on Sept. 6th in Redstone and Sept. 7th in Carbondale.
The public is now asked to review the engineering and environmental information and provide feedback on the trail alignment alternatives. Comments are due Nov. 15th.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT Following the close of the public comment period on Nov. 15th, Open Space and Trails will draft a trail plan for presentation to the Pitkin County Commissioners and the Open Space and Trails Board. This meeting is expected to occur in January 2018. The draft plan will then be open for another round of public comment. Additional open houses are planned in early 2018, once a draft plan is ready for public review. Final adoption of the plan by the county commissioners and Open Space and Trails Board will follow on a date that has not yet been set.
This planning effort is expected to take roughly two years - development of the trail plan in 2017 and early 2018, and then, in 2018, the NEPA process - a required federal environmental review when federal lands are involved.
Available below are the displays and survey responses from initial public feedback collected back in January, when two kick-off open houses took place.
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