Sinton Trail – Portion near Holland Park Drive
Planned completion – Fall 2021
A portion of the Sinton trail a quarter mile west of Chestnut is closed due to significant erosion of the creek bank at the edge of the trail that poses a hazard for trail users.
Please adhere to the trail closure – creek bank erosion is currently undercutting the trail creating a risk of a 20+ Foot fall into the creek if the trail collapses.
The city parks department has suggested a detour (currently unmarked) using Vondelpark Drive and Holland Park Drive. Be aware that the detour connecting the trail to Vondelpark Dr. is steep, only partially paved, and can be wet or icy. Below we have included on street detour options for trail users uncomfortable with the connection to Vondelpark Dr.
Other detour options connecting Holland Park to Chestnut include south of the trail Vondelpark Dr the whole way or from Chestnut, north of the trail Ellston St to Darby St.
Bike Colorado Springs and The Trails and Open space coalition have submitted letters to the City Parks and Recreation department to with some recommendations relating to this closure – Read more here
Rock Island Trail – Between Templeton Gap & Union
Planned completion – August 2021
Beginning Thursday, May 27 through late August, Rock Island Trail will be closed between Templeton Gap and Union and Paseo Street will be closed from Jackson to Van Buren to facilitate bridge work replacing an antiquated corrugated metal pipe with a box culvert under Paseo Road to better accommodate heavy rains during storm events.
In conjunction with the box culvert replacement, safety improvements will be made to the crossing of Rock Island Trail at Paseo Road, including providing a pedestrian refuge island and narrowing the crossing distance across Paseo Road.
Trail users will be detoured onto LaSalle Avenue between Union Boulevard and Templeton Gap Road as work continues through August.
Detours will be in place and travelers are encouraged to avoid the area. All work is weather and resource dependent.
The bridge maintenance project is funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority. Improvements to the Rock Island Trail are funded by Bike Program. The improved trail crossing is funded through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority’s On-Street Bikeway Improvements program.
Current Projects Under Way
Platte Ave Bridge over Sand Creek
Construction on the project began November, 2020 and will continue through 2022
It is strongly recommended that bicyclists use other routes as riding Platte Ave in this configuration will be dangerous.
No access is allowed under the bridge in or around Sand Creek during bridge demolition and construction.
Read more about the project Here
Current Phase of Demolition
After the removal of asphalt, work will proceed safely behind concrete barriers using temporary 15-foot pilings at the edge of the abutments (ends of the bridge) in order to excavate the area below the abutment to saw cut and remove it. A temporary stream crossing has been built underneath the demolition area protecting the stream from debris.
Hydraulic excavators located next to the creek will use hammering and pulverizing actions to demo the bridge deck moving from the middle to the ends of the bridge. Construction equipment will be used on the roadway to facilitate this process. To further shield travelers from this activity, plywood will be used with the concrete barriers.
Construction on the project began in November, 2020 and will continue through 2022.
Safer Roads Southeast
Chelton Road & Jet Wing Drive Restriping Project
The City of Colorado Springs is proposing improvements to transportation and neighborhood vitality along portions of Chelton Road, Jet Wing Drive and Hancock Expressway. The city conducted two public meetings to discuss these proposals. These roads have been identified in the City Bike Master Plan as key bicycle corridors, and the City has studied how bicycle infrastructure might be added to provide bicycle connections and improve safety by providing dedicated space for people on foot, on bikes and in cars.
Investment in Southeast Colorado Springs will provide a safe and healthy connections for kids & families, Safer trail crossings and safer access to the Sand Creek trail
People focused streets provide predictability for all people, regardless of how they choose to get around, and safer transportation options for all.
Proposed improvements to Chelton Road and Hancock Expressway
Proposed roadway improvements for Chelton Road and the Hancock Expressway are still being evaluated. The City is committed to providing infrastructure that will provide bicycle connections, improve safety for all roadway users and do so with minimal impact on level of service of the roadways. The City has have gone back to the traffic consultants to develop options at the Fountain Boulevard and South Academy Boulevard intersections. The additional information and options from the consultant will help guide the City’s final decision and assure a project that people in the Southeast will be comfortable using.
The half-mile stretch of Jet Wing Drive between north of Baytown Drive and Academy Boulevard was converted from four travel-lanes with a center turn lane to two travel-lanes, a center turn lane and two buffered bike lanes in conjunction with repaving in September 2020
Weber Street – Urban Neighborhood Connection:
Weber St north of Pikes Peak Avenue will be reconfigured in 2020 from Pikes Peak Ave north to Uintah St with two automobile travel lanes, a turn lane and a buffered bike lane. The buffered bike lane is planed to continue north to Jackson St in conjunction with repaving occurring in 2021.
The portion of Weber St south of Pikes Peak ave, through Downtown Colorado Springs, was configured first with parking protected bike lanes, then configured with buffered bike lanes from the Pikes Peak Ave on the north to Rio Grande on the south. Weber street was designated as an urban greenway by the Experience Downtown Master Plan and will provide a safe connection for people traveling by bicycle through the southern portion of Downtown Colorado Springs.
Old North End Transportation Improvements
Bike lane and buffered bike lane implementation
Cascade Avenue is a critical on-street bicycle connection into downtown from the neighborhoods north of Downtown. Cascade Ave between Bijou and Jackson streets was reconfigured in 2018 to enhance pedestrian safety near Colorado College, improve traffic flow onto I-25, and install a north/south bicycle connection into downtown.
North of Jackson St the Cascade Ave Buffered bike lane will be continued across Fillmore to its dead end just past Winters Dr.
South of Colorado Ave Cascade Ave has been brought up as as possible future bike connection through to the Rio Grande St bike lane which would make Cascade a 4.25 Mile Continuous bike lane from the Roswell neighborhood through Downtown to the rapidly developing South West Downtown Mill St Neighborhood
Fontanero St was identified as a street to install bicycle infrastructure as key east/west bicycle corridor and a connection from neighborhoods to Monument Valley Park and the Legacy loop. Fontanero St between Cascade St and El Paso/Paseo Rd has been configured as a two lane road with a center turn lane and bike lanes.
Van Buren St
Safer Routes To School Bike lane and Sidewalk improvements
The City of Colorado Springs has received a Safe Routes to School Grant to construct safety improvements on Van Buren Street (Templeton Gap to Circle Drive) to benefit Mann Middle School, Stratton and Audubon elementary schools, Evangelical Christian School and neighboring communities.
For people on bikes, the project includes bike lanes to provide dedicated space and predictability.
For people on foot, the project improves crossings and adds curb ramps, and other improvements, so all people can walk more easily along Van Buren.
Together, these features will give a more neighborhood feel to the roadway and promote safety along a corridor that serves many local schools.
Bicycle lanes to connect with an identified bicycle route on Holiday Lane to the east of Circle Drive, existing bike lanes on Templeton Gap Road and planned bicycle lanes on Patrician Way.
The City is partnering with Drive Smart Colorado (DSC) and with Kids on Bikes (KOB) to bring age-appropriate bicycle education outreach to all four schools.
Van Buren Street reconfiguration should be complete in 2020
for more information visit the city’s site for the Van Buren St project
City of Colorado Springs Bicycle Master plan
The Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan was unanimously passed by the Colorado Springs City Council January of 2018. This was be the first update to Bike Master Plan since 1996. Now that it has been adopted, this plan acts as a guide for all future bicycle infrastructure development throughout our city. Providing citizens with the facilities they require to get where they need and want to go safely, regardless of their chosen form of transportation. The Bicycle Master Plan has established a vision and roadmap for how Colorado Springs can provide a level of programming and bike infrastructure across the entire city that accommodates the range of users who want and need to bicycle around our great city.
For more information visit our Bike Master Plan Page
While, not directly a bike project, this comprehensive plan will shape all aspects of the city into the future. The “PlanCOS” campaign is a two-year process that asks citizens, “What do you want Colorado Springs to be in 10 years?” From new shopping areas, community centers, housing choices, employment, educational opportunities, trails, recreation facilities, and redevelopment, to a re-invented Downtown – #PlanCOS will set the stage for the city’s future.
For the first time in 15 years, the City of Colorado Springs, together with City Council, is creating a comprehensive plan for the city’s future, and they want an abundance of citizen input.
The City wants your input! Public input is essential to the planning process. Stay involved as the City asks the community to help identify opportunities, challenges, and visions for the future of Colorado Springs!