New Closure/Detour for I-70 Construction and Trail Improvment

August 19, 2020

A closure of the Greenway is coming up at the end of this week in Denver, and will require a detour through the Northfield neighborhood. This closure and detour is related to work on I-70, and will be in effect for 3-4 weeks.

While our organization and the City and County of Denver lobbied for a shorter detour, the parameters of the project required the Northfield detour for the safety of trail users.

From the contractor:

“The Sand Creek Trail will be closed temporarily for construction as the Central 70 Project replaces the storm sewer infrastructure crossing under the trail. The work will occur directly NE of the Quebec Bridge over I-70. During this trail closure, trail users can detour on the west side to the north following the trail along Quebec Street towards the Northfield Shopping Center or from the east side north on Central Park towards the Northfield Shopping Center. Users can still access the “Y” in the trail allowing them to head under the Quebec Bridge over Sand Creek.”

“The construction occurring during the trail closure will replace old and failing storm sewer infrastructure. The new storm sewer components installed will have more capacity for stormwater, reducing flooding impacts to the trail, as well as eliminating standing water around the trail crossing.”

We know many of you rely on the Greenway to get to work, school, shopping, recreation and church, and any closure and detour represents an inconvenience. The work required by this detour will benefit the trail, as it will prevent future flooding across the trail.

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The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.

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