COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Starting Monday, March 16, Cimino Drive, between Conejos Street and the U.S. Olympic Sport House, will be closed to allow for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that will connect America the Beautiful Park to downtown Colorado Springs. The bridge, which is approximately 250-feet long, will be assembled in the gravel parking lot opposite of the entrance to America the Beautiful Park.
To create a leveling pad to rotate and place the bridge, several landscaping features will be removed from the park, including approximately 25 trees, several light poles and a non-functioning landscaping fountain. These features, located to the south of the park’s main entrance along Cimino Drive, will all be replaced, with the exception of the fountain.
America the Beautiful Park to be impacted throughout the summer
While the street closure is in place, the Julie Penrose Fountain will not operate. In addition, special events have been relocated and the park’s pavilions are not available to rent during this time. The park, adjacent trail system and playground will remain open to the public, though parking will be extremely limited.
Anticipated construction milestones include:
- Mid-March: construction of bridge assembly area and leveling pad
- April-May: prefabricated steel bridge elements arrive, bridge assembly begins in gravel parking lot
- June: construction of western abutment
- September: bridge assembly completed and bridge placed on abutments
Once the bridge is placed on the abutments, it will take a few months to complete all bridge finishes and construction of the elevator and staircase. The bridge is expected to be fully open to the public in early 2021, weather and construction dependent.
Additional project details are available at www.coloradosprings.gov/public-works/page/vermijo-and-sierra-madre-streetscapes.