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.
On October 7, 2016 The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded a $2 million grant to Jefferson County to fund a new segment of the 65-mile vision for the Peaks to Plains (P2P) Trail at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. The grant was part of GOCO’s first round of funding for its new Connect Initiative, with $10 million in grants awarded to close critical gaps in trail networks across the state. GOCO’s Connect Initiative will invest $30 million over the next three years in closing trail gaps and creating safe access for all Coloradans to the outdoors. More than 80% of people in Colorado recreate on trails, and closing gaps and increasing connectivity has long been a top priority for the state’s residents.
Jeffco Open Space’s proposal for the P2P Trail is one of six highly-demanded trail projects selected to move forward, with funding helping to construct more than 23 miles of trail and leveraging nearly $25 million in local matching dollars.
What does this mean for Jeffco Open Space and the P2P Trail? This grant will allow for the design and construction of an additional 1.75 miles of trail at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon, including a bridge and two trailheads with safe parking lots accessible from US Highway 6 that will accommodate an estimated 50 parking spots each. Design of this new section will begin in 2017 and connect 24 miles of hard surface trail from the City of Golden to the western end of the stunning oxbow at Tunnel #1 on US 6.
Allowing direct access into Golden’s downtown, the area is already serving as a hub for multiple recreation uses and this grant will further the thoughtful conservation and enjoyment of yet another segment of the P2P trail!
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!
Welding one of the sides of the westernmost bridge. This is the largest span at just under 136 feet.
The center connection point. It will be disassembled here for shipping.
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.
One half of the bridge. Its other half can be seen on the right.
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.
The two pieces of the middle bridge.
One of the six overlooks. The holes for the cable safety railing can be seen here as well.