FRUITA, Colo (KJCT) -- The Little Salt Wash Trail is just under a mile long, but it’s serving a big purpose for Fruita.
The 1.2 million dollar project is said to be a crucial part of Fruita’s plans to become a world class biking city, connecting north and south Fruita for bikers and pedestrians.
"It’s beautiful they really did a nice job on a very ambitious project," said Michael Slauson.
From downtown, the Little Salt Wash Trail starts at the Fruita Community Center and connects to the Riverside Parkway Trail. Also, a new underpass allows users to ride or walk beneath both Highway 6 and 50 and 1-70, avoiding having to cross with traffic on the overpass.
Fruita’s city manager Mike Bennett said the Little Salt Wash Trail is a scenic ride.
"It’s awesome to see it, as you go there’s a beautiful bridge, its 10 foot wide paved trail, and it’s just enjoyable," said Bennett.
Bennet said the trail's completion will now play a crucial role in the city's economy, helping to recruit companies that appreciate trails and connected recreation opportunities.
A Great Outdoors Colorado grant funded much of the project, and Fruita Public Works director Ken Hayle said it was a worthwhile investment.
"We've been working on this for almost 6 years now, and to see if completed is really exciting," said Hayle.
The dedication of the trail is Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at James W. Robb Colorado River State Park. A concert by the Subdudes will follow the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. A concert ticket is needed to enter the State Park. Tickets are $3 and are available at any area City Market.
Fruita's next project will be asking Great Outdoors Colorado for a 2 million dollar grant to build four miles of trail connecting Fruita to Loma.