A plan to extend the Boulder Creek Path to Betasso Link trailhead (the Boulder Canyon Trail) is open to public feedback Thursday Jan. 21  4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Alfalfa’s Market Community Room in Boulder. 

In 2014, the Colorado Department of Transportation approved a $4.4 million grant for the county to extend the Boulder Creek Path, connecting it to the Betasso Link trailheads.

In the application for the grant, the county named increasing safety on Colo. 119 as a significant benefit of the project, citing narrow shoulders, high uphill speed differentials for cyclists and vehicles, low visibility around corners due to canyon walls and vehicles forced into opposing traffic when trying to overtake cyclists as existing dangers.

Now Boulder County Transportation, in partnership with the City of Boulder and Colorado Department of Transportation, is evaluating plans to extend the Boulder Canyon Trail further west along SH 119/Boulder Canyon Drive. The planned extension will result in a 10-foot wide trail from the current terminus near Fourmile Canyon Drive west to Chapman Drive, including a potential grade-separated connection to Fourmile Canyon Drive and the Betasso Preserve open space. The trail extension will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles traveling in Boulder Canyon.

There will be an open house at Alfalfa’s Market Community Room (Arapahoe and Broadway in Boulder) held on Thursday Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Alfalfa’s asks that you park in the street or in the library lot across the street and not in their parking lot. 

The project team will present the concept plans for the trail extension and ongoing plan designs. Meeting attendees will have a chance to review the concept plans and provide feedback about the options. Currently the plan only includes a trail to Chapman Drive, instead of the original goal of making it to the Betasso Link Trail.  Daily Camera’s 2014 article.

he planned extension will result in a 10-foot wide trail from the current terminus near Fourmile Canyon Drive west to Chapman Drive, including a potential grade-separated connection to Fourmile Canyon Drive and the Betasso Preserve open space. The trail extension will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles traveling in Boulder Canyon.

More information can be found at  www.bouldercanyontrail.com< For specific information, contact: Matt Wempe, Boulder County Transportation (303) 441-4554 mwempe@bouldercounty.org

Boulder Canyon Trail extension to Chapman Drive