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

CDOT Transportation Alternatives Program Awards Jefferson and Clear Creek County Open Space Funding for Peaks to Plains Trail

Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) is the proud recipient of one of seven Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Region 1 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) 2016 grants. JCOS will use the $850,650 to complete approximately 0.5 miles of the Peaks to Plains Trail at the Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon starting at the parking lot just east of Tunnel 1 and heading west around the oxbow. This grant aligns with CDOT TAP priorities in providing safe, alternative transportation for pedestrians and cyclists while increasing motorist safety along US Highway 6.

The project and proposal “had the benefit of being on one of the Governor’s priority trails but the project’s safety improvements, tourism benefit and the amount of financial support and planning that has been done on the corridor helped elevate the project,” stated Region 1 Planning Program Manager, Danny Herrmann. “We’re excited to work with the County on implementing this segment of the trail.”

The Peaks to Plains Trail at the Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon is a 1.75-mile segment of multi-use trail (combining the GOCO Connect grant scope of 1.25-miles and the CDOT TAP grant scope of .5 miles) leading recreationalists away from US Highway 6 and into a scenic area separated from motorists. JCOS estimates completion of this section in 2020.

Jeffco Open Space: Click to enlarge map for scope of projectGOCO TAP Map

 

In addition, Clear Creek County Open Space was awarded their CDOT TAP application request of $480,000 for the continuation of the Peaks to Plains Trail further westward following the alignment of the abandoned Colorado and Southern narrow gauge railway corridor. The Peaks to Plains Trail: Clear Creek Greenway Canyon Segment, extends from the parking lot just west of Tunnel 5, where the GOCO River Corridor Initiative funded trail project ends, upstream around Tunnel 6 and beyond.

Clear Creek County: Click to enlarge map for scope of projectClear Creek County TAP Grant Proposal

Celebrating Opening Day – With Gratitude

Jeffco Open Space, along with Clear Creek County Open Space, opened segments of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon on July 28, 2016. The following video shows the entire process from planning, to construction to completion and highlights the numerous partners who made this possible. Jefferson County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Casey Tighe opened the trail along with Clear Creek County Commissioner Peter Monson. Thank you to everyone involved!

Peaks to Plains Trail on Colorado Public Radio

In case you missed it last week, the Peaks to Plains Trail received air time during Colorado Public Radio’s story on Governor John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative.  Follow the link below to read or listen to the story.

http://www.kunc.org/post/money-trails-and-more-gov-wants-invest-colorado-beautiful#stream/0

KUNC Story

And We’re Off!

The Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail is abuzz with pre-construction activity. A Concrete Express, Inc. crew has begun clearing a path for the trail and installed erosion control elements, highway signs and two temporary pedestrian construction-access bridges that allow authorized personnel to get to the opposite side of Clear Creek.

Survey crew crosses the temporary bridge at Cannonball Flats.

The contractor’s office trailer has been installed just east of the Mayhem Gulch parking lot, and we anticipate little to no impact to park visitor parking. With the canyon traffic and potential construction activity, always be cautious when entering or leaving the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead parking lot.

Clearing work has begun just east of the County Line, where Highways 119 and 6 split.

Trail construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks. The 6-mile trail is scheduled to be completed by June 2015.

We invite you to follow the progress of this segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail through this blog. For general information, check out www.p2ptrail.com.

– Scot Grossman, Project Manager, Jeffco Open Space