Paving gets underway on new Midland Trail

       Concrete paving on the 12-foot-wide sidewalk portion of the new Midland Trail was beginning this week.
        Trail completion is anticipated later this month or in early May, according to Chris Lieber, trails coordinator for the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department.
       The paving is slated to go west from the current eastern trail terminus at Chestnut Street toward the western terminus at 21st Street, he said. The work is being done by a private city subcontractor.
       Additionally, hikers can go east from Chestnut along a right of way under I-25 to connect to the Pikes Peak Greenway trail and (when Confluence Park opens) a new footbridge that crosses the creek to the park. Lieber said the east-of-Chestnut segment will get only temporary gravel for now; the city doesn't want to do permanent work there until it knows how it will be impacted by the state's anticipated I-25 widening and Bijou Street interchange work.
       Next to the paved surface, the trail (when complete) will also include a parallel, 4-foot-wide path with a softer surface called crusher fines for runners and horses.
       The trail follows the old Denver and Rio Grande right of way north of Highway 24 and Fountain Creek,
        Funding for the Midland trail has come from three primary sources - the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) sales tax, federal grant money for alternative forms of transportation and state GOCO money.

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