Copper Mountain to Vail Pass bike path gets a makeover

July 15, 2013

Copper Mountain to Vail Pass bike path

CDOT is spending nearly $1 million to improve the bike path between Copper Mountain and Vail Pass. Work started in early July, with construction Monday through Thursday. No work is planned during the busy weekend, when hundreds of cyclists test themselves on the five-mile section, climbing abou 1,500 feet to the crest of the Rockies.

Construction involves removing and replacing the asphalt pavement, reconstructing five timber bridges, new signing and striping.

“In addition to giving cyclists a much smoother ride, upgrading this heavily-used trail with new signing and striping should also enhance safety as well since it’ll improve the visibility and provide advance warning information,” said CDOT resident engineer Grant Anderson. “Also, I want to remind cyclists and pedestrians to please obey all warning and directional signs for their safety, whether there’s work going on or not.”

Bicyclists and other path users can expect stops of five to 10 minutes Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riders also may need to occasionally dismount from their bikes and walk around the work zone.

Drivers on eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 also should expect occasional lane closures on the east side of Vail Pass, which will allow construction equipment access to and from the bike path.

As a multi-modal agency, CDOT owns and maintains other recreational paths, including through Glenwood Canyon and C-470 around the south/southwest Denver area.

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