Clear Creek Greenway Trail Design:
Hidden Valley To Empire
The goal of the Clear Creek Greenway Master Plan was to identify trail alignments and a greenway concept along the Clear Creek Greenway that would link recreation and business attractions that would provide future economic development opportunities. The plan not only identified possible trail alignments, but provided recommendations for creek access, greenway amenities, design guidelines and implementation strategies for future development.
As a part of other projects along the I-70 Mountain Corridor through Clear Creek County, the County and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have been able to construct portions of the Greenway; most notably through the Old Game Check Station Trailhead and near Water Wheel Park at the Charlie Taylor Water Wheel.
In September of 2014, CDOT agreed to give Clear Creek County $2,000,000 as part of its Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) Initiative to help complete the final design of the Clear Creek Greenway Trail from Hidden Valley to Empire Junction. Clear Creek County provided $500,000 in matching funds. However, it is estimated that it will take over $4,000,000 to complete the design for the entire stretch of trail.
In order to complete the design for this portion of the Clear Creek Trail, several tasks must be completed.
Task Order 1 (July 2015-December 2015)
Task Order 1 will complete 30% design drawings and environmental clearance for the entire 14 mile stretch of the project. The initial task for the trail design has two main goals:
1. Complete environment clearance for the entire stretch of the trail from Hidden Valley to Empire Junction. This will be done in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and will provide clearance for federal funds to be used for construction of all sections of the trail if necessary.
2. Through a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process, create an overall vision and provide guidance for the design of the trail.
The Clear Creek Greenway Trail Design project is establishing a Steering Committee with local representatives from the residents, the business community, and the municipalities, with participation from the regulating agencies.
The Steering Committee will work collaboratively to develop, for the Clear Creek Greenway Authority, a recommendation for implementing the Greenway in logical segments. The segments will be prioritized to optimize opportunities around partnerships, available funding, or concurrent construction projects.
The Steering Committee members are advocates for the Greenway and will work toward an implementation plan that will realize the Greenway and all of its benefits. The Committee will work with the general public, potential partners and the CCGA.
Steering Committee Members
Jim Pals - Property Owner
Larry Romine - Property / Business Owner / CCGA
Dale Drake - Clear Creek Rafting Company
John Cantamessa - Colorado Adventure Center
Wendy Koch - Empire Mayor
Mike Hillman - Idaho Springs Mayor
Dan Ebert - Business Owner / CCGA
Jacquie Zegan - St. Mary's / CCGA
Tim Mauck - County Commissioner / CCGA
Cassandra Patton - Tourism Board
Martha Tableman - Open Space Commission
Fred Rollenhagen - Planning and Zoning Commission
Jake Houston - Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
Peggy Stokstad - Economic Development Corp.
Neil Ogden - CDOT
David Singer - CDOT
Mike Raber - Cyclist
Lisa Gooch - CCGA
Task Order 2 (March 2016 – December 2016)
Task Order 2 will take three priority segments identified by the steering committee in Task Order 1 and complete 100% design and construction drawings. Each priority segment will have a Segment Team that will be comprised of local residents that will be most directly impacted by and have the most knowledge of the trail segment. These segments will be considered “shovel ready” and can be constructed once funding has been identified.
Priority Projects Moving to 100% Design
Task Order 3 (January 2017 – June 2017)
Task Order 3 projects have not yet been identified.
Steering Committee Meetings
No Steering Committee meetings are scheduled at this time.
Trail Project Maps, Project Prioritization Summary and CSS Report
A hard copy of the draft Categorical Exclusion document is available for review at the offices of the CCGA and Clear Creek County. Please contact the CCGA directly for more information.
Steering Committee Meeting Agendas
For further information please contact:
Jeff Shoemaker – Executive Director, The Greenway Foundation
David Howlett / Marge Price – Principals, Capitol Representatives
For more information about Clear Creek County Trails, Recreation and Events, please visit:
Clear Creek County 365