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Phase 3 of the Summit Cove Loop Project added new bicycle/pedestrian lanes in the school zone
Julie McCluskie, Communications Director, Summit School District: 970-368-1013
Robert Jacobs, Summit County Road and Bridge Director: 970-668-4212
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit School District and Summit County celebrated major safety improvements in the school zone around Summit Cove Elementary on Friday, with the completion of Phase 3 of the Summit Cove Loop Project. New, bright-green bicycle/pedestrian lanes and other features on Cove Boulevard provide separation and increased visibility for alternative modes of transportation to and from the school.
“Students, parents and neighbors are already taking advantage of these new bike/ped lanes,” Summit Cove Elementary School Principal Crystal Miller said. “This is a big win for us in many ways, from student safety to sustainability to physical activity. Our families are loving it.”
The work took place along Cove Boulevard, from Whispering Pines Ranch Road to Grey Fox Lane. Improvements include striped 10-foot-wide drive lanes, buffered bicycle/pedestrian lanes on both sides of Cove Boulevard, a new sidewalk along school property and a new student drop-off/pick-up zone that improves vehicle traffic flow and eliminates the need for children to enter traffic in the parking lot.
“Summit Cove is one of the largest residential neighborhoods in unincorporated Summit County,” Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “We want residents here to feel like they’re not just tied to their vehicles – that they can safely walk and bike and enjoy being outside.”
In its entirety, the 2.4-mile Summit Cove Loop Project includes striped bicycle/pedestrian lanes in both directions along Summit Drive and Cove Boulevard, the most heavily traveled roads in Summit Cove. The project also includes road resurfacing, crosswalks, drainage improvements and maintenance of side roads adjacent to the loop.
“Communities across Colorado are making a commitment to support safe routes to school for their children,” Colorado Safe Routes to School program manager Leslie Feuerborn said. “This project at Summit Cove indicates an important commitment by Summit County to encourage and enable more students to walk, bicycle and roll to and from school, teaching children pedestrian and bicycling safety, encouraging healthy living and improving the built environment to support active transportation. We are proud to have been able to support this project with a Colorado Safe Routes to School grant from CDOT.”
The Colorado Department of Transportation provided a portion of the funding for the work in the school zone through a $350,000 Safe Routes to School grant. Columbine Hills Concrete served as the construction contractor. Construction of subsequent phases of the project will occur in future years.
“We’re extremely grateful to our partners at CDOT and Summit School District for collaborating with us on these great investments into our community,” Summit County Road & Bridge Director Robert Jacobs said. “And we extend our sincere thanks to the team at Columbine for their excellent work. Lastly, we offer our appreciation to the residents of Summit Cove for their patience during construction season.”
For more information on the Summit Cove Loop Project, visit www.summitcountyco.gov/summitcoveloop. To receive project updates via email, including construction updates, subscribe to the Summit Cove Loop Blog on the Summit County website.