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Cimarron/I-25 work requires three-month detour for Bear Creek Trail's I-25 underpass

       The Bear Creek Trail underpass at I-25 will close for an estimated three months, starting Aug. 24, as part of the continuing Cimarron/I-25 interchange project.
       During that time, trail users will need to use Colorado Avenue to cross under the interstate, states a press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
       With its high point near the Bear Creek Nature Center, the Bear Creek Trail follows its namesake creek downstream. The normal route continues across Eighth Street just south of the Wal-mart and under I-25 to connect with the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail just east of the interstate.
       According to the press release, “the detour is necessary so crews can extend the pedestrian/bicycle underpass for the Bear Creek Trail to accommodate the widening and reconfiguration of I-25.”
       Here are descriptions of detour routes, as provided in the press release:
       Eastbound - turn north on 8th Street and cross Cimarron, immediately access the Midland Trail to South Chestnut Street north to West Cucharras Street, continue as it becomes South Walnut Street and connects to Colorado Avenue, under I-25. Users can re-enter the trail system at America the Beautiful Park by turning south on Cimino Drive.
       Westbound - follow the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail north along the east side of Fountain Creek to America the Beautiful Park and connect to Colorado Avenue, turn west on Colorado Avenue, turn south on South Walnut Street to West Cucharras, turn south on South Chestnut Street to access the Midland Trail. At 8th Street, turn south and cross Cimarron. Continue south on 8th Street to connect with the Bear Creek Trail.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 8/20/15; Outdoors: Trails)

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