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Plans to rebuild the north section of the Evergreen Lake trail are moving forward, with construction expected to start in November and be completed in summer 2022. In the meantime, the Evergreen Park …
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Plans to rebuild the north section of the Evergreen Lake trail are moving forward, with construction expected to start in November and be completed in summer 2022.
In the meantime, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and the Evergreen Metropolitan District will look for ways to repair two areas of the trail that have failed thanks to the three feet of snow Evergreen received a few weeks ago. However, trail repairs will need to be torn out once construction of the new two-tiered trail system commences, so both entities are looking for safe yet economical solutions.
EMD is involved because a water main runs under the trail.
EPRD board members agreed at the March 23 meeting that the trail was important especially in the summer when tourists walk along it and into downtown Evergreen, supporting local merchants and restaurants. They hope they can afford to make the repairs before summer.
Chris Vogelsang with OV Consulting, the project engineer, said the timeline to complete the plans, get approvals from the City of Denver, which owns the Evergreen Lake property, and CDOT, and put the project out for bid could not be compressed.
Vogelsang said the project would be put out for bid in July or early August to construct a 10-foot-wide concrete trail along Evergreen Parkway and a trail along the lakeshore with a soft surface.
The rec district will fund the project with $3.76 million in grants it has received primarily from the Denver Regional Council of Governments and Colorado the Beautiful.
A point of concern for the board is how long traffic will be diverted because of the construction. Vogelsang said traffic will be diverted four months if only one lane on Evergreen Parkway is blocked off, so northbound traffic would move through downtown Evergreen to Meadow Drive while southbound traffic would travel on Evergreen Parkway.
If the entire road is blocked off, necessitating all traffic moving on Meadow Drive and through downtown Evergreen, the work could be done in three months and save about $100,000, he said.
In response to questions, Vogelsang said once the new trail was built, it would not be plagued with washouts like the current trail, which has been closed on and off for several years.
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