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!

Muller Engineering Company Takes Home Outstanding Engineering Design Award for P2P Trail

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Congratulations to Muller Engineering Company for taking home two awards today at the 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies Colorado Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony! Their construction work on the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon was awarded the Honor Award for Outstanding Engineering Design and an Outstanding Graphics award. We are honored to have such a fantastic partner for this project.

ACEC Awards

Notice to Rafters

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SUMMER 2016 CREEK USERS MAY EXPECT:

Temporary Crossings
The temporary crossings at West Cannonball Flats (US 6 MP 260.97), East Cannonball
Flats (US 6 MP 261.23) and Unnamed (US 6 MP 261.56) will be permanently removed this spring, while the temporary crossing at Mayhem Gulch (US 6 MP 262.15) will remain in place. A new temporary crossing has been installed at (US 6 MP 262.67), and will remain in place throughout the season. The creek will be open to Cannonball Flats (US 6 MP 261.23), but will be closed between Cannonball Flats to (US 6 MP 262.27). The river will be open below Vasquez Bridge.

Peaks to Plains Trail Opening Dates
Jefferson and Clear Creek counties are excited to announce the opening of the first
segment of Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon to the public in July 2016.
The segment of the trail that will be open to the public is located at the west portal of
tunnel 5, near the intersection of US 6 and State Highway (SH) 119. Access on the west
end will be from the newly built parking lot at Oxbow Parcel, east to the parking lot
at Mayhem Gulch.

Project Overview
In January 2014, construction began on the Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks
to Plains Trail Project. This project will create a four-mile paved, multipurpose trail
along US Highway 6, connects 2/3 mile east of Mayhem Gulch Trailhead in Jefferson
County to the west portal of Tunnel No. 5 in Clear Creek County. When complete, the
Peaks to Plains Trail will provide new and expanded recreational opportunities for the
cycling, hiking, angling, kayaking, climbing and prospecting communities, as well as
other outdoor enthusiasts. This segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail will include:

• A 4-mile, 10-foot wide concrete trail
• Four bridges crossing Clear Creek
• Five improved water access points
• A 12-parking space trailhead with restroom at the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek County and two 40–50 space parking lots in Jefferson County

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Information Team, P2PTrail@PublicInfoTeam.com, Phone: 303.569.9972

Second and Third Bridges Installed

The second bridge at Cannonball East was installed overnight on March 15, and the third bridge at Cannonball West went in overnight on March 16. The construction equipment was staged on US 6 and required the overnight highway closure. Here’s to the successful bridge installations! Thank you to everyone involved.

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Cannonball East Bridge

Bridge 3 Install Cannonball West

Cannonball West Bridge

 

Bridge at Mayhem Gulch Installed

The bridge installation at Mayhem Gulch in Clear Creek Canyon yesterday was successful. The two halves of the bridge were first bolted together, then the two overlook platforms were bolted on, and finally the entire structure was lifted over Clear Creek and into place.

The bridge is not complete and does not have concrete decking. It cannot be walked upon and the Peaks to Plains Trail remains an active construction site.

The next bridge goes in tonight, and the third on Wednesday night. US 6 will be closed to allow for preparation for these two remaining bridges to be staged on the highway. The closures will occur Tuesday March 15 and Wednesday March 16 from 8 P.M. to 3 A.M. See more details about the closures and recommended detour.

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Bolting the two halves of the bridge together

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Bringing in the overlook platforms

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Lifting bridge over Clear Creek

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Final placement of the bridge

Overnight Closures of US 6 for Bridge Installation

US 6 through Clear Creek Canyon will be closed overnight March 15th & 16th

As part of construction on the Peaks to Plains Trail project, Jefferson County will be closing US 6 overnight through Clear Creek Canyon for the installation of two large, steel bridges over Clear Creek. The closures will occur on Tuesday, March 15 from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m., and again on Wednesday, March 16 from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

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Recommended Detour
The closure will occur between the intersection of US 6 and SH 119 on the west at Mile Post (MP) 260.12 and at the intersection of US 6, Hwy 58, and Hwy 93 on the east, just outside of Golden at MP 271.6. Please use I-70 as a detour and take SH 119 to exit 244 on I-70 East to US 6. The detour will add 8–10 minutes to your trip.

Bridge Installation
The bridge installation work will require a full closure of US 6 during night time hours. Crews will be assembling large portions of the 120 to 135 ft. steel bridge structures on the highway before placing them over the creek. These bridges are very heavy. They are made of Cor-Ten, also known as weathering steel, and will weigh up to 85,000 lbs. The weight of one bridge is equal to the weight of 12 limousines.

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The full closure is the only safe and efficient way to assemble the bridges, lift them and place them over the creek. Thank you for your patience.

Contact the Project Team
Email: P2PTrail@PublicInfoTeam.com
Phone: 303.569.9972

Bridge Fabrication

We recently took a trip to Greeley to check in on the fabrication of the first three of our four bridges, which will be installed mid March. They are made completely out of
Cor-Ten, also called weathering steel, which eliminates the need for painting as the product naturally forms a rust-like appearance when exposed to the elements. Each bridge will have overlooks on both sides to allow visitors to step off the trail and have an unobstructed view of the creek. They are too large to deliver in one piece. Instead they will be sent in four pieces (two bridge segments and two overlooks) connected on site and installed as one piece with the help of a large crane. Enjoy the pictures!

 

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Welding one of the sides of the westernmost bridge. This is the largest span at just under 136 feet.

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The center connection point. It will be disassembled here for shipping.

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The easternmost bridge. This is the shortest bridge at just under 107 feet. The small holes you see on the vertical members are for the cable safety railing.

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One half of the bridge. Its other half can be seen on the right.

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The middle of the three bridges with a span of just under 122 feet. This had just been sandblasted to remove debris and writing from the fabrication process. By the time this is installed in March it should have a rusty patina again.

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The two pieces of the middle bridge.

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One of the six overlooks. The holes for the cable safety railing can be seen here as well.