Parking lot at County Line trail head expanding

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GRAND MESA, Colo. (KKCO) Construction is underway for the expansion of the parking lot at the County Line trail head in Grand Mesa.

"It’s going to more than triple the capacity up there," Bill Edwards, of the Grand Valley Ranger District. "It’s designed to hold 84 single vehicle units. Going from 25, it’s going to be quite an improvement."

The parking lot was the scene of a car accident this past January that killed Glen and Linda Eyre. The accident was only months after the National Forest Service received a grant from the Scenic Byway Commission to fund the project.

"The timing certainly is a tragedy," Edwards said. "So now we move forward to try to make a best of the situation. It certainly galvanized all the partners to really make sure this happens this summer."

The parking lot is now closed and construction workers are making headway on expanding it so visitors no longer have to fear the cars speeding close by on Highway 65.

"In the winter it became very congested with cross-country skiing activities up there," Edwards said. "The snow banks and limited visibility. It truly was a safety hazard."

Construction crews are expected to put gravel down next week and the lot will reopen in the fall. Next summer, workers will pave the lot to complete the project.