Portions of Bear Creek, Pikes Peak Greenway trails to close temporarily

Map shows a temporary detour of the Bear Creek Trail and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. / CDOT
Map shows a temporary detour of the Bear Creek Trail and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. / CDOT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Starting Monday, August 24, walkers, hikers, bikers and runners using the Bear Creek Trail will temporarily lose their direct connection to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail along Fountain Creek east of Bear Creek Park. A detour route for the trail will be in place due to Colorado Department of Transportation work on the Interstate 25 / Cimarron Street interchange.

Construction crews will be extending the Bear Creek Trail underpass at I-25 as part of work necessary to reconfigure the Cimarron interchange. The trail work is expected to take approximately three months, depending on weather and other factors.

Trail users are asked to not cross barricades and to use the following detour route:

Eastbound Bear Creek Trail users go north on 8th Street across Cimarron to the Midland Trail and then east to South Chestnut, north onto West Cucharras Street, east to South Walnut where they will connect to Colorado Avenue under I-25. They can then go east on Colorado Avenue and re-enter the Greenway trail system at America the Beautiful Park by turning south on Cimino Drive.

Westbound trail users will follow the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail north along the east side of Fountain Creek to America the Beautiful Park and then take Colorado Avenue west to South Walnut, West Cucharras South Chestnut Street to access the Midland Trail to 8th Street. The detour then follows 8-th Street south across Cimarron and continues south to connect with the Bear Creek Trail.

The Interstate-25/Cimarron Interchange reconstruction is the second largest highway project in El Paso County history. The project will transform the decades old structure into a more efficient and more attractive gateway to Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the mountain communities to the west.

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