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Academy-Cottonwood Bridge Replacement and Trail Connection


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Project Details


The bridge is located on North Academy Boulevard, where it crosses Cottonwood Creek just south of the intersection with York Road / Brookwood Drive.


This important project replaces an aging, substandard bridge, bringing the structure up to modern safety standards, and adds an important segment on the Cottonwood Creek Trail.  The design process began nearly two years ago.  The project team studied multiple options for replacing or rehabilitating the bridge and where the trail should cross both Academy Boulevard and the creek.  Public input was a critical element of the decision process, including a public meeting in May 2016, where nearly 80 percent of respondents favored the new trail extension on the south side of the creek.

Key Elements:

  • The existing bridge will be replaced in three phases, maintaining two lanes of traffic open in each direction at all times. 
  • Access to businesses on Academy Boulevard will be maintained at all times.
  • Sidewalk will be added on the east side of Academy. The present bridge has no northbound sidewalk.
  • The project will extend the Cottonwood Creek Trail westward under the new Academy Boulevard bridge, on the south side of the creek.  Approximately 300 feet south of the bridge, the trail will cross Cottonwood Creek via a pedestrian bridge, connecting to the segment of the trail that runs on the north side.
  • New drop structures in Cottonwood Creek will help control erosion and creek flow.


  • Construction will require the temporary closure of one (1) Springs Transit bus stop
  • Extensive utility work in the middle of Academy Boulevard will require some temporary turn lane closures.


Construction is expected to continue through most of 2018.


$7 million. The project is funded by multiple sources, primarily the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). The trail portion of the project is funded by Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

Public Information:

 George Hayward, 719-314-5018;  Your call or email will be returned within one business day.