Fountain Creek footbridge installed as Midland Trail work continues; bids sought for Phase 2

       Installation of a pedestrian bridge over Fountain Creek next to Ridge Road was a highlight March 30 in the continuing construction of the Midland Trail west of 31st Street.

Shortly after it was installed March 30, workers inspect a footbridge over Fountain Creek next to Ridge Road that will be part of the Midland Trail. A Red Rock Canyon Open Space spire is the background. Ridge was closed between Highway 24 and Colorado Avenue for the work.
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       The 70-foot span, similar to others in the city's park system, is part of the trail's “Phase 3,” consisting of two sections - from 31st to Ridge Road and from Columbia Road through the Garden of the Gods Campground to the existing Manitou Springs Creek Walk Trail.
       Both sections follow Fountain Creek.
       All of Phase 3 is due for completion by June, according to Sarah Bryarly of Colorado Springs Parks, who is coordinating the project for the department.
       For now, she said, the 31st-to-Ridge work “will continue with emphasis on the installation of the rock retaining walls prior to the completion of the concrete trail,” Bryarly said, adding that the Columbia-to-Manitou section “should begin by the third week of April, weather permitting.”
       Bryarly also revealed this week that the city has finished its planning efforts for “Phase 2” (between 31st and 25th streets), and that work will go out to bids April 5.
       Phase 2 is behind Phase 3, in terms of construction timing, because of past delays related to rights of way, she has previously explained.
       The Phase 2 construction will mostly be next to Fountain Creek.
       Based on Bryarly tentative time estimates, a contractor should begin that work this year, probably before fall.
       The Midland Trail now (built in 2004) is between America the Beautiful Park and 21st Street.
       According to city plans, Phases 2 and 3 each have segments where trail users will have to follow city streets - from Ridge Road to Columbia Road and from 21st to 25th streets.
       Funding is from federal and state grants and the local Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program.

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