More than just a 1-mile trail

With more than 78% of Fort Collins residents reported to use the city’s 30-mile paved trail system, connecting two popular trails is a priority for Fort Collins officials. The city hired ECI for a $1.3M project to build a one-mile paved section linking the Power and Fossil Creek trails. But joining these trails was a challenge. A busy, outdated 2-lane road blocked the trail’s extension and the new section crossed multiple right-of-way jurisdictions, including a railroad. Plus, any earth moved needed to allow for inspections for possible unearthed fossils. Along with traffic mitigation, ECI installed a 78-foot precast box culvert under the road as a pedestrian underpass, then placed 40-foot and 100-foot prefabricated steel pedestrian bridges over Fossil Creek. In addition to city funding, Great Outdoors Colorado provided grant money.

Owner:  City of Fort Collins
Engineering Firm:  Interwest Consulting Group
Location:  Fort Collins, Colorado