In Support of the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail Extension Project: 2/14/2018
A major consideration for the Canon City Area Recreation and Park District Board, was to try and make sure there was a safe route for pedestrian and bicycle traffic between McKenzie Avenue and Pathfinder Park. DHM Design was hired to independently study this issue, and assist us with accomplishing this goal. In conjunction with the City of Florence, a Technical Work Group (TWG) was established to select a recommended route. $250,000 in regional transportation funding from CDOT to assess trail route options, challenges and opportunities, as well as design and development of the pedestrian/bicycle trail was the financial stimulus to move the initial phase of this project forward.
The following are some key statistics and facts related to this trail project:
• State Highway 115 – average traffic count 10,000 cars per day, 50 mph
• 5 year accident report for the 2 mile section from Mackenzie Ave. to Pathfinder Park: 56 vehicle accidents, 13 injury accidents, 2 fatalities.
• CDOT has determined that their existing Right-of-Way on Highway 115 in this area is not sufficient to support a safe Bike/Pedestrian trail. Per Neal Cocco, Real Estate Specialist, email 10-26-2017.
• 7 routes were considered for the western first 1 mile segment.
• 6 of the 7 routes involve private ownership land & 1 route involves publicly owned land (i.e, the Fremont Sanitation District).
• Land owners’ / adjoining land owners’ issues have been listened to and addressed.
• TWG recommended the Fremont Sanitation District owned parcel.
• Ben McCumber deeded the land to P&AV RR in 1887.
• Lincoln Park Sanitation / FSD has owned the parcel fee simple since 1977, purchased from AT&SF RR, successor railroad to Pueblo & Arkansas Valley RR.
• The Adamic family has never owned the recommended route property.
• The Adamics own adjoining farm property / hay field.
• The new trail will be insured by CCRD, the same as it already provides.
• The requested 50 foot trail easement would allow for farm operations to coexist with FSD operations and the trail on the Publicly Owned land.
• Trail impact mitigation offers would become part of the project design & development.
• The Union Pacific Railroad has stated the existing crossing at Brewster Lane will provide for a pedestrian / bicycle crossing since it is an already approved County road crossing.
• The requested trail easement will allow for the Trail Extension Project to move forward and provide a safe, legal public access for Walkers, Hikers and Bicyclists.
After the route selections were recommended and approved by our Board, the next step for the plan is to enter the design and development phase of the project. The first step in this process is to have our request for a land easement for the trail segment from McKenzie Avenue to McCumber Lane, approved by the Fremont Sanitation District Board.
The Fremont Sanitation District Board is scheduled to make a decision on the requested trail easement on Tuesday, February 20th at 9:00 AM.
If you are in support of this project we would encourage you to attend this important meeting at the Fremont Sanitation District offices.