Friday, July 10, 2015

Ugh. Another closure on the Midland Trail.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 12:42 PM

If you get around by bike or foot, chances are you've run into some problems as of late. Here's one to add to your list: The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to close the Midland Trail underpass at I-25 on July 20.

The Midland Trail already has a storm-related closure between 25th and 28th Streets, so this will be a second obstacle for cyclists and walkers. While CDOT plans to make trail improvements that should ultimately benefit non-motorized travelers, the timing is pretty bad. 

For one thing, trail closures aren't isolated to the popular Midland Trail. The Pikes Peak Greenway/Santa Fe Trail is the city's main artery if you happen to travel by foot or bike. Parts of it are closed due to storm damage as well.

Midland Trail underpass at I-25 to close July 20

Temporary Trail Detour in Place During Construction of New Trail

Beginning the morning of Monday, July 20, crews on the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Interstate-25/Cimarron Interchange Design-Build Project will close the Midland Trail I-25 underpass into America the Beautiful Park as they begin a series of trail improvements. The access to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail off Colorado Avenue will remain open; and signed, clearly marked Midland Trail detour routes will be in place for users to navigate around the closure. The new trail configuration that opens in summer of 2017 will create a better experience for trail users.

Midland Trail Detour: Eastbound trail users will take S. Chestnut Street north to W. Cucharras Street, continue as it becomes S. Walnut Street and connects to Colorado Avenue, then take Colorado Avenue east under I-25 to the Greenway Trail or continue on Colorado Avenue to Cimino Drive to access America the Beautiful Park and connect back to the Midland Trail.

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