The public is invited to learn more about the preliminary alternatives being considered as part of the Southern Mountain Loop Planning and Environmental Linkages Study at upcoming informal meetings.

The purpose of this study undertaken by the South Central Council of Governments and Colorado Department of Transportation is to improve highway safety and provide a regional and local multi-use trail, completing the Southern Mountain Loop (SML) segment of the Colorado Front Range Trail, along the Scenic Highway of Legends Byway Corridor between Walsenburg and Trinidad.

“Safety for locals and visitors is the primary concern with this study,” said Walt Boulden, executive director of the South Central Council of Governments. “Improving safety while also providing a new trail as part of the Front Range Trail system would benefit both locals and visitors, and would further promote our region as a tourist destination.”

The study team will be sharing information about the preliminary alternatives at these informal meetings. There will be opportunities to learn about the study, provide comments on the preliminary alternatives, or learn about the study’s next steps. These meetings are relaxed and informal and will not include a presentation.

Next week’s upcoming Community Coffee Chats are scheduled as follows:

— Tuesday, Jan. 14 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

The Stonewall Shopping Bag, 6689 State Hwy. 12, Weston


— Wednesday, Jan. 15 (3 p.m.- 6 p.m.)

Mooses Social Club, 308 W Main St, Trinidad, CO 81082


— Thursday, Jan. 16 (Noon - 1 p.m.)

La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main St., La Veta, CO  81055


— The public may sign up to receive project information and public meeting notices by sending an email to or by calling 719-427-1078. For more information about the study, visit

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