Summertime, When the Construction is Big Easy

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Crews are making solid progress at the Big Easy Recreation Area and Trailhead in anticipation of an early fall grand opening.

Bathroom construction at Big Easy

Jeffco Open Space construction crews building the new bathroom structure.

Bathroom construction at Big Easy

The walls are up and the vaulted ceiling is being framed for the permanent restroom.

Paving near Big Easy

Paving the new 50 car parking lot near US Hwy 6 near mile marker 262.5.

The Hard Work Behind the Big Easy

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Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the recent US Hwy 6 closure that brought us one step closer to the grand opening of the Big Easy Trailhead in Clear Creek Canyon Park.

US HWY 6 Closure Alert: May 3-4, 2017

Please be aware that US Hwy 6 will be closed between Junctions 58–119 on May 3, 8 p.m. – May 4, 6 p.m. 

Crews will be re-aligning and paving a section of US Hwy 6 near mile marker 262.5 to accommodate a new 50 car parking lot for The Big Easy trailhead access. In addition, the delivery and installation of the fourth Peaks to Plains bridge will be happening simultaneously in the same area. Revisit the first bridge installation.

The development of the Big Easy Recreation Area will include a permanent restroom, among other new amenities like picnic areas and a creek-side boardwalk.

Thanks for the patience!

 

Highway 6 closure May 2017

Closure Alert, Wall Repairs

Closure alert on Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park for Monday April 24 and potentially into Tuesday. Due to rising water levels, trail and wall repairs are being made in the Clear Creek County section starting near intersection of 119 & US Hwy 6 to approximately 1/4 mile west.

Please plan accordingly and be mindful of crews as they work.

Bathroom Break

The development of the Big Easy Recreation Area will include a permanent restroom, among other new amenities like picnic areas, and a creek-side boardwalk. A permanent restroom has long been needed here and will be a great amenity when the area opens later this year.

Future location of the new permanent restroom

The new restroom site is starting to take shape. Construction of the new building will start in the coming weeks.

Big Easy BR Inspection

Staff recently took a visit to the fabrication yard to check out progress of the restroom’s foundation.

Big Easy BR Inspection

All the work is inspected and approved before concrete is poured.

Move Over, Highway 6

You might have noticed the recent warm weather has brought about a flurry of construction activity along US Hwy 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. This is all part of another 3/4 mile stretch of the Peaks to Plains Trail and the development of the Big Easy Recreation Area which will include parking for over 50 cars, a permanent restroom, multiple river access points, picnic areas and a new bridge across the creek. To accommodate the new parking lot, and allow for safer creek-side access, US Hwy 6 needs to be moved to the north. With a planned opening date of early September, the crews are working diligently to  physically move the highway to the north of its current location near mile marker 262.5.

Please be patient with on-going lane closures and delays as a result of this work (they will continue off an on for the next month or so). Rest assured the new amenities and recreation area will be worth the wait and loved by visitors for years to come.

Rock face being chipped away

A large rock face needs to be removed to make room for the new highway alignment.

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The removed rock will be crushed and re-purposed as the road base for new pavement.

Installing nails into bank

The steep slopes above the future highway need to be stabilized using long soil nails, steel mesh, shotcrete, and stone veneer.  Here you can see the drilling equipment installing soil nails.

Stone wall finish

With the wire mesh and shotcrete in place, the future stone veneer allows the wall to blend in with the surrounding area.

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The future highway alignment is beginning to take shape.

Cell tower

The existing cell tower, fiber optic lines and electrical line all need to be moved as well.

Fiberoptic lines being buried

The new lines are encased in concrete for protection.

Buried lines

Before being completely buried, red caution tape is added as a final layer of safety.

 

Taking Advantage of Warm Weather

Lots of action at the Big Easy helping us meet our goal of opening early fall…

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Dueling breaker bars slowly cut away bedrock to make room for the new highway alignment

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Slow going, but you can see the progress

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The future highway alignment can be seen in the distance

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Pouring the caisson cap for the new bridge

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The dry concrete in this photo is the top of the caisson, drilled over 40 feet deep!

Repairs in Clear Creek County Complete

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Repairs to the segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek County are complete. The entire 3-mile stretch of trail is now open through both Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties!

Clear Creek County section open map

Welch Ditch Preservation and Transformation

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The Welch Ditch is located just west of downtown Golden in Clear Creek Canyon. An historic landmark in Jefferson County, the irrigation system was constructed in the 1870’s and primary access has been closed since 2013 due to structural damage and rock falls. Jeffco Open Space is currently undergoing the process to convert the Welch Ditch into a trail that will connect the Peaks to Plains Trail with the Chimney Gulch Trail. Planning and design will begin in 2017.

Clear Creek Canyon Mouth of the Canyon Master Plan

Community Meeting January 18, 2017

Jefferson County Open Space hosted a community meeting on January 18 at the Golden Community Center to discuss the Master Plan for the Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon Park. Included in the presentation was information about the overall vision of Clear Creek Canyon Park and the progress of the Peaks to Plains Trail. The conversation centered around the area just west of downtown Golden and planned improvements for Welch Ditch Trail, Chimney Gulch Trail, Grant Terry Park and additional access/trailhead connections.
Clear Creek Canyon Park Mouth of the Canyon Fact Sheet

View the presentation:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3