Jeffco Open Space recently applied to the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors to request funding for a 3-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail in the furthest East portion of Clear Creek Canyon. The request was made through DRCOG’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). On November 28, the DRCOG Board of Directors approved $9.75 million to fund the East Clear Creek Canyon segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail.
The East Clear Creek Canyon segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail project, which the $9.75 million award will fund, is a $29.9 million project that includes an approximately 3-mile segment of trail, three pedestrian bridges, one improved underpass beneath U.S. Highway 6, multiple creek access locations for visitors, and two parking lots totaling roughly 100 spaces. The segment runs from the west end of Highway 6 Tunnel #1 to Huntsman Gulch. The timeline for design and construction is between 2021 – 2023. This segment builds at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon of the Peaks to Plains Trail is estimated to be completed in 2020.
The vision of the Peaks to Plains Trail is a 65-mile trail corridor of statewide significance that will serve the 3 million Front Range residents of the largest urban population center in the State of Colorado. It will connect four counties and seven cities, with an elevation drop of over one mile from the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass to the South Platte Greenway north of Denver. Heading across some of Colorado’s choicest mountain landscapes, a trail-based experience will someday soon be possible from Denver International Airport to Glenwood Springs on the Western Slope. The Peaks to Plains Trail is one of Colorado’s 16 highest priority trail projects, chosen as part of Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative.
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