$230,000 grant to help build trail for bicycles

Bicyclists who crave pedaling around the orchards at the east end of the Grand Valley will have a direct and safer link from the Colorado River within the next year.

Mesa County commissioners on Monday approved a $352,000 contract to build a 10-foot concrete trail along 32 1/4 Road.

The trail will climb from the new pedestrian bridge crossing the river adjacent to 32 Road up to C 1/2 Road, giving bicyclists and pedestrians access to the East Orchard Mesa bike loop.

The county received a $230,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation to help pay for the project, with the $122,000 balance coming from county funds.

County Public Works Director Pete Baier said construction should begin this fall and finish by the end of the year or beginning of 2012.

LOW-INCOME ASSISTANCE

In other business, commissioners approved the 2011–12 Community Service Block Grant plan, which will provide $142,000 in funding to three local nonprofit organizations to assist low-income residents.

Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley will receive $65,000 for the Grand Junction Community Homeless Shelter, Marillac Clinic will receive $57,000 to offer medical and dental services to the uninsured and Hilltop Community Resources will direct $20,000 to the Latimer House, a safehouse for domestic-violence victims.


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