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CDOT Update: Cherry Creek Trail at Arapahoe Road

As many know, the Cherry Creek Trail at Arapahoe Road is incomplete. Trail users must use Jordan Rd to connect what is only a very short distance (.2 miles) of unfinished trail. The work requires you to ride 1.5 on busy Jordan Rd. The shot below shows the current state of affairs: trail in red (paved) or brown (dirt) and the on-street portion in blue.


CDOT Update


CDOT is working to connect the two ends of the trail. here’s the blurb posted on the website:

In early November 2013, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began a bridge reconstruction project on State Highway (SH) 88 over Cherry Creek in Arapahoe County, from just east of South Jordan Road to South Chambers Way.

Originally built in 1959, the existing bridge needed to be replaced with a structure that meets current standards. In addition, there will be construction on the Cherry Creek Trail. The trail will extend under Arapahoe Road, giving pedestrians and cyclists improved connectivity.

SEMA Construction Inc. of Centennial, Colorado, is the contractor for this $18 million project.


To date, the project is 25 percent complete. Work is ongoing for Phase 1,which included demolition of the south end of the bridge and the eastbound lanes, a major milestone in the project. Caissons have been drilled and work is focused on building structures, including columns, girder placement and back-filling abutments. The first phase is still on target to conclude on time, concurrent with the beginning of Phase 2 at the end of July/early August.

More than half of the floodplain expansion has been completed, and stabilization is scheduled for this month. In the coming weeks, crews will seed and landscape 50 percent of the project.

Please note: Another project will be starting in the area of SH 88, at the Jordan Road and Arapahoe Road intersection. However, this project is separate and not connected or related to SEMA Construction Inc.’s current construction. For information on this project, please call 303-419-4903.


Work began in early November 2013 and is expected to last through May 2015. Normal daytime work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend work when needed. Normal nighttime work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

July 18, 2014 Posted by | Editorial | , , | 1 Comment


Welcome to ColoradoBikeMaps, the blog to discover all the places and ways you can ride a bike in Colorado. The blog focuses on route maps along the front range, but include maps from all over Colorado as time and inclination dictate. The blog is an outgrowth of my book, Great Road Rides Denver, published in 2010 by Fulcrum Books and still available in the Denver metro area, including The Bicycle Dr on Broadway and 9th Ave, AKA, Tattered Cover, and Amazon. Variants of some of the 25 routes found in GRRD appear in the blog, but without the detailed route information that only a guide book can provide. While GRRD focuses on rides within and around metro Denver, ColoradoBikeMaps includes many of the rides in the foothills between Deer Creek Canyon and Golden Gate Canyon, just north of Denver. I’ve also added race maps that I’ve made for the USA Cycling chapter here in Colorado ( as well as from other cartographers and promoters. There are also links and maps to many of the organized charity rides that you can find from June to September in Colorado. Even when the ride is no longer promoted, I’ve kept the maps. They are still interesting routes to ride. There are also a couple of routes from John Hodge in Grand Junction, a similar, cycling obsessed, cartographer.

Most of the work of the past few years has been on a major map of the cycling trails along the metro front range, one that shows all the region’s major trail systems and how to link them up. You can see a preview of the main map below and can buy your own copy at Tattered Cover Bookstore (all three stores), Turin Bicycles and Bicycle Doctor + Evo  (both Denver), and Golden Bike Shop and Big Ring Cyclery (both Golden). An app from Avenza Maps incorporates the entire 36″ x 24″ map and allows easy navigation while on your bicycle.

Disclaimer: Cycling can be dangerous if you crash. It can also be dangerous if you are hit by another cyclist, a car, a train, or a meteor. In all cases, I disclaim responsibility for all bad things that happen to you when you are out on your bicycle (but do not wish them on you). I’ve made these maps from sources that are usually reliable, but GIS data, roads, trails, and routes all change. If you discover a mistake in a map, let me know, and I’ll correct it. Good decision making and sound judgment are the responsibility of the individual. We assume no liability from injury that may result from the use of these maps.


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