Planning & Design
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.
In partnership with THK Consultants a Planning and Design phase for the Hidden Valley to Empire section of the Greenway is underway.
Task Order 1
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.
Task Order 2
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.