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South Park Loop Pathway design review is happening Tuesday

South Park Loop Pathway design review is happening Tuesday

(Teton County, Wyo.) - Teton County Engineering will be presenting the 50% design and Study Phase Report for the South Park Loop Connector Pathway project next Tuesday at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. The South Park Loop Pathway is the 10-mile loop that circles South Park along US Highway 89 and South Park Loop county road, and just 1.9 miles of it remains to be completed. The meeting will provide elected officials and the public the opportunity to review and comment on the preliminary alignment for this 1.9-mile pathway proposed along South Park Loop between 3 Creek Ranch and Melody Ranch. Nelson Engineering, the consultant retained by Teton County to design the pathway, has completed the initial phase of project engineering and design, incorporating input and background work collected during the public outreach and initial planning phase conducted between October 2015 and January 2016. The public outreach phase consisted of two public open houses and a workshop with the Board of County Commissioners in October and November 2015 where various alignment options and design alternatives and associated potential impacts were discussed. Building off the public outreach phase, the preliminary planning phase included investigation and inventory of site conditions such as wetland delineation, topographic survey, tree survey and assessment, and geotechnical investigation. The civil design process started in earnest in early 2016 with the project design team field visit in January and development of the conceptual design through early February 2016. The information obtained during these preliminary phases was used to prepare a Study Phase Report and Plan Set which documents pathway alignment, corridor constraints, location and design of pathway crossings, possible utility conflicts, and impacts to trees The 50% design review at the February 16 BCC meeting will provide direction to staff and the project team to continue the design process with the intent of completing design by early April and starting construction in June 2016. All project documents, including the Study Phase Report and Plan Set are available on the Teton County website at http://www.tetonwyo.org/pathwy/topics/3-creek-to-melody-ranch/253355/. The public is invited to submit comments on the 50% design to bschilling@tetonwyo.org or directly to the Board of County Commissioners at commissioners@tetonwyo.org. This will be discussed next Tuesday, February 16, at 9:00 a.m. in the