Dec. 8th- Update on trail design – We are now at 90% design. Switch backs and grade modifications have been made. NPS and Boulder City to meet in field to work out final design spec’s at NPS Warehouse at completion point. We are looking for bid documents and bidding before end of January 2009. As mention under my Road Apples page this segment will have the highpoint in the trail system at 2620 feet. There is a break over point where you can see into Lake Mead Basin and Eldorado Valley all at the same time. More later….
UPDATED INFORMATION 10-09-08: At our last RMLT meeting we reviewed and discussed 70% design drawings for these last two segments of trail through Boulder City. WE ask that additional switchbacks be looked at and installed to reduce trail slope and increase trail user enjoyment and views. During September construction started on segment #5. Contractor will develop trail from Veteran’s home west to Railroad Pass. This segment will have a 100-ft. + bridge span installed. Looking for completion late spring 2009. Stay tuned for more trail updates.
May 29th 2008 – I just learned that the additional funding requested from SNPLMA SAR’S to expand the scope of work for trail segments 3,4 & 5 in Boulder City has been approved. This means the long awaited trail connection to Boulder City from Henderson will get started yet this summer.
It’s a long long story but segment #5, the key link from Henderson to Boulder City, has been delayed for serveral years. Permits, design issues, railroad crossings, etc. etc. The last delay was all the bids came in too high. Several funding sources were investigated, but no additional funds were available. A project team or task force was assembled lead by Jim Holland, NPS; Bill Martin, BOR; and Gary Zupanic, Boulder City; to bring all the right players to the table. A meeting was held in Boulder City City Hall on April 3rd to map out a course of action. I’ll spare you all the additional details, but let it be known that the team effort put forth by all these folks will result in Boulder City being able to complete Segment #5** late Fall 2008, instead of the delayed alternative of Fall 2009. We also need to thank the low bid contractor for holding his price until the additional funding was located. I can’t wait for opening of this segment as my first trip will be a bike ride to Milos Cellar in Boulder City for lunch and very cold “Fat Tire”. Please join me….:) http://www.miloswinebar.com/content
**Segment #5 – This segment of trail begins at the trail head located at Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino upper parking lot (photo to right) and heads south and east to Boulder City following the Boulder City Historic Railroad. The trail crosses the railroad tracks just before Cascata Drive. The trail then crosses over Cascata Drive on a long span pedestrian bridge. Trail continues east following the SNWA waterline to Boulder City linking up with one of the Bootleg Canyon trailheads just west of the B.C. Veteran’s home on Veterans Drive.
John Barleycorn says
What a great update. Thank you.
I cannot tell you how long I have been waiting for this piece to be built. And, it looks like it will be started soon. Thank you and thanks to the RMLT Partnership for hanging in there and completing this trail. Good Job.
Did I misread your posting, or is there a celebration going to be held at Milo’s Wine bar when this segement is finished?
The ATTA Boys go to Boulder City, National Park Service, and Bureau of Reclamation personnel who saw the importance of the link and dogged it until a satisfactory solution was found.
Yes, Milo’s Wine Bar/Cellar will be the site of celebrating. The first round is on me…..Cheers!
Paul G. says
To the Las Vegas/Henderson cyclist, this is the most important section of the RMT. This is the most dangerous and debris-littered section of roadway, so the having the path as an alternate route will be welcomed indeed!
I enjoyed the RMT on Sunday morning with a group of 6 other riders. I smiled when 1 of the other cyclist mentioned that the RMT was “crowded” with cyclist and that it had become a “bicycle highway”. I thought to myself, what a nice “problem” to have!
To Paul and all…I just heard today (6/24/08) that the bid award for boulder city Link to valley is set for July 8th….I’m guessing that means we could be riding and hiking to B.C. and beyond by late October or November this year….:)
Paul G says
The bid award is set for July 8th. How soon will construction begin after that?
You mention that soon we will be riding and hiking to B.C.
Don’t you mean riding and WALKING, with a “loaner” broom? 😉
Is this still the case? What is the expected opening date of the trail. Please let me know, so I can help get the word out to the cycling community.
Great update and I’ll look forward to a great ride out to BC.
Bill….I’ve posted an update above. you note my dates keep changing..such is the life of trail building. I have my fingers crossed that spring 2009 is the final date. They have some real challenges coming through the RR pass and crossing the railroad tracks. but can you imgine the views and the freedom of riding this without vehicles barring down on you at 60+mph.