Thursday, June 23, 2011

Florida Road Grand Opening

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Florida Road grand opening marks end of travel travails
By Jordyn Dahl - Durango Herald Staff Writer
Dylan Bettin, 6, along with Durango Mayor Christina Rinderle leads cyclists down Florida Road during the road’s grand reopening ceremony. The $17 million rebuild was the city’s the largest and most expensive publicly funded project.
Photo by JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald

In true Durango fashion, Mayor Christina Rinderle led community members on a bicycle ride Monday morning along a reconstructed Florida Road for its grand reopening. About 30 people showed up for the ride that started at 10:45 a.m. in Mason Park and ended at Chapman Hill, where a red ribbon and free barbecue from JBo’s awaited attendees.

More community members showed up to witness the ribbon cutting, which – to Rinderle’s dismay – caused a short detour on the road for the ceremony. Rinderle quickly invited city councilors, former Durango Mayor Michael Rendon and all the children in attendance to cut the ribbon with her so the road could be reopened to traffic. “I’m so proud of this road and so thankful that it’s done,” she said.

Florida Road features 5-foot bike lanes and a sidewalk on either side of the road for pedestrians.


City Manager, Ron LeBlanc (left), looks on while a local dignitary waxes on.

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