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Edwards Safe Routes to School Project opens Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony

Contacts:  Taylor Ryan, Eagle County Engineering, 970-328-3562, 
Meghan King, Eagle County Public Health, 970-328-1121, 
Tammy Schiff, Eagle County Schools, 970-328-4806, 

Sept. 27, 2016 – Eagle County community members are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Edwards Safe Routes to School project opening on Friday. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 near Berry Creek Middle School at 1000 Miller Ranch Rd. 

Attendees are asked to park in the lot in front of the building and walk towards the basketball court located at the south end of the school. A new pedestrian path that runs along two sides of the court will be the site for the ribbon cutting. 

Construction on the Edwards Safe Routes to School project began on Aug. 1 with the installation of two multiuse paths that connect neighborhoods to five schools along Miller Ranch Road - June Creek Elementary School, Berry Creek Middle School, Red Canyon High School, Battle Mountain High School and Eagle County Charter Academy. 

To enhance student safety and generate awareness for motorists driving through the academic corridor, two crosswalks have also been added and are accompanied by flashing lights at both ends of the school zone.  In addition, widened sidewalks were constructed in several locations with the addition of ADA compliant curb ramps and an improved path between the schools aimed to improve pedestrian and bike traffic.  Maintenance of the paths and sidewalks, including snowplowing, will be provided in partnership by Eagle County, Eagle County Schools and ECO Trails. 

Students and parents at all five schools near Miller Ranch Road will be invited to participate in educational and encouragement strategies around pedestrian and biking safety. The outreach and education component of the project will begin as construction wraps up and will continue through the 2016-2017 school year.  

Construction of the project was awarded to Oldcastle SW Group dba United Companies and is anticipated to cost $214,460. The project is funded through a grant from the Federal Safe Routes to School program and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.  

For additional information about the project or the ribbon cutting, contact staff engineer Taylor Ryan at 970-328-3562 or