Clear Creek Canyon Trail Phase 2

Work Schedule

Jan. 17, 2022

  • No work will take place on January 17th in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday
  • Work consists of soil nail wall and micropile installation. Heavy equipment will be moving around the construction site. When machines need to cross US 6, our teams will utilize temporary alternating lane closures between tunnels 5 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $548,000
  • Contractor: CEI Construction
  • Timeline: March - December 2021
  • Location: US 6 (Clear Creek Canyon Road) Between I-70 and CO 119

Clear Creek Trail Map

Clear Creek Canyon Trail Project Map

About the Project:

Beginning in March, Clear Creek County Open Space, the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Contractor partner, CEI, will continue work on the Clear Creek Canyon Trail project. This project consists of the construction of a 1000-foot-long concrete trail supported by various walls and structures.

Work will occur on US Highway 6 (Clear Creek Canyon Road) between Interstate 70 and Colorado Highway 119. The project zone will be
immediately west of Tunnel 5 on US 6 from approximately mile point (MP) 259.25 to (MP) 259.49.

Project Background:

CEI, assisted by Yeh & Associates, will build a 1⁄4-mile segment of a trail in Clear Creek County continuing the efforts of the Peaks to Plains Trail, which will one day connect nearly 70 miles from the South Platte Trail in Denver to the headwaters of Clear Creek at Loveland Pass.

This phase will be extending the existing trail between Clear Creek and the highway (US 6). The first portions of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park opened in 2016 and 2017, offering four miles of 10-foot-wide paved surface right along Clear Creek.

Clear Creek County Open Space and Jeffco Open Space have previously completed four of the 16 miles within the canyon along what will ultimately become the 65-mile Peaks to Plains Trail stretching from the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass to the South Platte River Trail in Denver and Adams County.

Work Schedule

  • Work is expected to end in December 2021, weather dependent.
  • Regular work hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Traffic Impacts

Starting in April, motorists and trail users should expect:

  • Alternating single lane closures and shoulder closures and improvements along US 6. Eastbound and westbound traffic will alternate through the work zone.
  • The work zone may impact existing trail access around Tunnel 5.
  • Impacts to Clear Creek that could restrict kayaking or other water sports in the area.
  • Climbers can still access the rock walls however they cannot enter the construction area to get to the walls. 
  • Parking on the shoulder of US6 between tunnel 5 and tunnel 6 is prohibited. 
  • The small lot west of tunnel 6 is also closed to the public.