New pedestrian bridge to connect Castle Rock’s trail system
Submitted by the Town of Castle Rock
The secret is out – Castle Rock is a great place to live and play outdoors. Soon, a new pedestrian bridge will help connect the Town of Castle Rock (Town) trail system and make discovering this great community even easier.
Construction on the new Wolfensberger Pedestrian Bridge is scheduled to begin this week. The pedestrian bridge will connect Philip S. Miller Park and Ridgeline Open Space and will create a continuous 17-mile native surface trail that will bring together more than 650 acres in park space.
The project was a team effort. Town Council approved the contract earlier this year, recognizing the importance of trail connectivity to the entire community. Designing and building the project this year helped save the Town more than $58,000 in materials and labor. Plus, developer National Covenant Properties donated two acres of land for the bridge location, and the builder, DR Horton, will help with grading for the project.
The $702,750 project will be funded through an annual trail construction allocation from the Town’s transportation fund and remaining unexpended funds from the 2014 budget for the Ridge Road and Crowfoot Valley Road/Founders Parkway sidepath project.
The connection is also an important component of a large future trail loop that will connect the East Plum Creek Trail with The Meadows and downtown Castle Rock.
The bridge will be similar to the Crystal Valley Parkway pedestrian bridge but will be 25 feet longer and will have a weathered steel finish to match the natural character of the surrounding open space. The bridge has already been constructed off-site and will be placed early next year. Watch CRgov.com for related temporary road closure information.
Weather permitting, the project will be constructed alongside the Philip S. Miller Park phase two improvements. Both projects are expected to be completed, weather permitting in spring 2016.
More information, including project updates, is available at CRgov.com/WPedBridge. For additional questions, contact project manager Rich Havel at 720-733-4482 or rhavel@CRgov.com.