Grant may help fund riverfront trail spur

Mesa County will apply for a $200,000 grant from the state of Colorado that would help pay for the construction of a portion of an extension of the Colorado Riverfront Trail between Grand Junction and Fruita.

County commissioners this week signed off on the application, which seeks funding to go toward a $1 million project that would build a nearly 1.5-mile trail along the Interstate 70 Frontage Road between Heritage Park and 18 1/2 Road.

That section constitutes the second phase of a three-phase project that would extend the Riverfront Trail a little more than eight miles from the Redlands Parkway bridge to the Colorado Welcome Center in Fruita.

The county hopes to combine the $200,000 state grant with roughly $690,000 in federal funding, $136,000 from the county and $39,000 from the Riverfront Foundation, the city of Fruita and the town of Palisade to pay for phase two, according to Greg Linza, county parks and landscape manager.

County officials expect to learn in February whether they received the state grant.

Construction on the first phase of the trail extension will begin next month, with the second phase to start in July 2012 and the final phase to begin in January 2013.


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