Riverfront Trail Phase 2 Begins
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.-Mesa County officials have been working to complete the Riverfront Trail stretching from Grand Junction to Fruita, for years, and now they're one phase closer to finishing it.
"It's about time," said Foster Covington, Fruita resident.
The Mesa County board of Commissioners signed a contract to begin construction on phase two of the Riverfront Trial.
"Phase two starts near interstate 70 on the south side of the Frontage Road at South Mesa Street and runs back east, 1.4 miles to 18 1/2 Road," said Greg Linza, parks manager.
Fruita resident Foster Covington drives his car to Grand Junction so he can enjoy the trial.
"Well I would ride from Fruita, up to here (Grand Junction), two or three times a week and I'd rather ride my bike than drive the car," said Covington.
Covington says he will save time and gas money once phase two is complete, as he will no longer have to drive to the trail. He says his favorite part of the trail is finding more friends.
"Meeting people, they're about the friendliest people I've ever met," said Covington.
Grants, partner funding, and Mesa County are helping aid the project, which should be completed in 120 days.
"People absolutely love it, they can't wait until we are connected to Fruita," said Linza.
Officials say they're still in the permitting process for phase three. They're hoping to bid the project in late Aug, and start construction in late fall.
The entire path is expected to be completed from Grand Junction to Fruita in July of 2014.