County plans bike, walking path

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By David Giuliani

San Miguel County is working on a long-term effort to extend the city riverwalk all the way to United World College in Montezuma, an official said this week.

Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said the county is working on a master plan created in the 1990s when County Manager Les Montoya was then serving as city manager. The riverwalk in town was finished in the 1990s. “It’s going to be a nice project. The county wants to do its part,” Garcia said.

The county has already received $600,000 in state money for a pedestrian and bike path to be alongside Cinder and El Llano roads, Garcia said. The county also has $135,000 to improve the college’s pedestrian bridge, which would be a part of the trail, he said.

Now, a contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, is installing slope walls for culverts on El Llano Road to help make the trail a reality, he said.