Trail Repair Updates:
Improvements are underway on some of Colorado Springs’ most popular trails, thanks to voter approval in November 2015 to retain $2.1 million in excess revenues from 2014 to be used for trail improvements. Two of the eight trails identified to receive improvements are complete with the remaining trails scheduled to be complete later this summer.
2D Trail Work Complete
Skyline Trail: Replaced concrete between Yellowwood Dr. and Research Blvd that had lifted or sunk, creating tripping hazards.
Pikes Peak Greenway Trail: Work is complete from Mark Dabling (south of the Goose Gossage Sports Complex) to Tremont Street. Work included converting the asphalt trail to a 12-foot wide concrete trail, drainage improvements to reduce low lying water collection, improvements to the entrance and exit on and off the small pedestrian bridge (just north of Polk Street), and converting the gravel trail west of Tremont Street to a 12-foot wide concrete trail. The section of the trail that is a temporary shared alley/trail will be asphalted. The ultimate goal will be to pave the permanent trail with concrete, once easements are obtained.
2D Scheduled to Start
Palmer Mesa Trail: Mesa Road to 30th Street and Stately View to Holmes Middle School. Construction to convert the gravel trail to a 12’ wide concrete trail scheduled to begin in early July.
Sinton Trail: From Mark Dabling Street to Ellston Street. Construction to take place late summer/early fall. Improvements will be made to improve line of sight, primarily under the railroad trusses and Sinton Road, build connection to Sinton Pond, improve drainage under the trail, and convert the asphalt trail into a 12-foot wide concrete trail.
Sand Creek Trail: Airport Road to Hancock Expressway. Work will begin the first part of July to improve concrete that has lifted or sunk, creating tripping hazards.
Rock Island Trail: Circle Road to Academy Blvd and Academy Blvd to Powers Blvd. Work is anticipated to begin mid to late summer to include drainage improvements, improved neighborhood connections and street crossings, and converting the asphalt trail into a 12-foot wide concrete trail.
Homestead Trail: North Carefree to South Carefree. Work to improve pedestrian ramps, neighborhood connections and convert asphalt trail to concrete is anticipated to begin late summer/early fall
Shooks Run Trail: Jackson Street to East Jefferson Street and Fontanero Street to Wahsatch Avenue. Work is anticipated to begin late summer/early fall to convert the asphalt trail into a 12-foot wide concrete trail, and to improve pedestrian ramps for ADA requirements and create neighborhood connections.
2D passes! Thank you to all who supported the effort.
2D, the TABOR retention measure for trails, passed with 71% of the vote. That means $2.1 million will be used to repair segments of eight critical trails, a total of 11 miles of trail.
We are happy to report that plans are already being made for the trail projects that will be funded with the money retained under the measure.
The first 3 trails to be improved will be Shooks Run, Skyline and Sand Creek. Those repairs will begin as soon as the weather warms up next spring. Next will be Rock Island sometime next summer. Homestead and Palmer-Mesa will begin shortly thereafter and finally Sinton and Pikes Peak Greenway will be completed by the end of next fall.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition was honored to lead the effort to educate voters about the benefits of passing 2D. As your Trail Advocacy Voice, count on us to track the projects and bring you updates as these eight system trails are improved. All users deserve safer trails with better signage.
We’ll be checking on the projects as we go along and reporting back to the public about progress. Stay tuned!
Here are the 8 trail projects that will be funded with the $2.1M retained under 2D:
North Carefree to South Carefree. Full depth reconstruction, paving of gravel segments, safety improvements, wayfinding signage, improve neighborhood connections.
Palmer Mesa Trail
Blair Bridge to GOG Overlook, Stately View to Holmes Middle School. Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage, improve neighborhood connections.
Shooks Run Trail
Jackson to Jefferson, Fontenaro to Wasatch. Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage, street crossing improvements, improve neighborhood access points.
Mark Dabling to Ellston Street. Full depth reconstruction, underpass improvements, signage.
Rock Island Trail
Circle Avenue to Academy Boulevard. Full depth reconstruction, signage.
Research Blvd to Woodmen Rd. Replacement of damaged trail sections along corridor.
Pikes Peak Greenway
- Fillmore to Rock Island.
Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage, repair of handrails.
- Mark Dabling to I-25.
Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage.
Sand Creek Trail
Airport Road to Hancock Expressway. Retaining wall improvements, drainage improvement, signage, corridor clearing.
A big thank you to these Groups and Community Leaders who supported 2D!
Trails and Open Space Coalition
Regional Business Alliance
Colorado Springs Forward
Council of Neighbors and Organizations
Housing & Building Assn of Colo Spgs
Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
Pikes Peak Lodging Association
COS Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Friends of Cheyenne Canon
Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Friends of Monument Valley Park
Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Colorado Springs Young Professionals
Urban Singletrack Project
Bike Colorado Springs
Friends of Bear Creek Park
Mayor John Suthers and Janet Suthers
Dirk and Jeanie Draper
Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton, PhD
Bob Falcone (Hiking Bob)
Mary Ellen McNally
Judy and Buz Sellers
Mary Ellen Davis
Karen and Bob Elliott
Judy and Craig Carnick
Why is 2D a good idea?
2D is NOT a tax increase.
Eight of our most popular trails badly need repairs. A YES vote on 2D will fix these trails for only $11 per household.
The money can ONLY be spent on the eight major trails listed below.
A YES vote on 2D adds to the health, beauty and economic vitality we enjoy in Colorado Springs.
Our trails are some of our greatest assets. A YES vote on 2D is a painless way to invest in these community gems.
A YES vote on 2D takes care of existing trails; it does not add trails or require that future money be spent.
A YES vote on 2D will help to make our trails safe for everyone.
A YES vote on 2D is the only way to get these trails fixed – there isn’t any other money available.
Ballot Language for 2D--YES for Trails.
WITHOUT RAISING TAXES, SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND UP TO $2,100,000 FOR PARK TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE, THIS AMOUNT BEING THE ESTIMATED 2014 REVENUES ABOVE THE 2014 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE/SPENDING LIMITATIONS?
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