The project is located along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail from the overpass at I-25 and Rockrimmon Boulevard, north to the confluence of Cottonwood Creek along Monument Creek. The impacted trail section begins on the west side of Monument Creek, crosses the pedestrian bridge over Monument Creek near the Criterium Bike Shop and stays on the east side of the creek to the confluence at Cottonwood Creek near the I-25 Woodmen Road Exit No. 149.
The section of trail being repaired is approximately 1.25 miles. The project will remove the existing 10-foot asphalt trail, raise the area to meet proper accessibility guidelines for trail construction and replace it with a new 12-foot concrete trail. A new 4-foot wide gravel running path adjacent to the new concrete trail will be installed and the existing retaining wall will be removed and reconstructed to accommodate a new storm drainage culvert under the trail corridor. In addition, Colorado Springs Utilities will lower the utilities on the west side of the pedestrian bridge over Monument Creek. It’s estimated that work will take approximately six months, completing in April 2022, weather and resource dependent.
Project Benefits include:
- Increasing the trail width to 12 feet
- Changing the trail surface from asphalt to a more durable and longer-lasting concrete surface
- Improving overall drainage in the area
- Burying the utilities underground and lowering the area near the Monument Creek bridge will improve sight lines and accessibility for both pedestrians and bicyclists
The construction budget of $1 million consists of funds from multiple sources, including a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation and Pikes Peak Rural Transit Authority.
Meetings with the cycling community, businesses and the motels in the boundary area will be held in Fall 2021. A project e-newsletter will be distributed monthly during construction to update the public as the project progresses.
Variable messaging signs (VMS) will be positioned at key access areas to the trail, alerting trail users to closures and detours.