Academy Blvd. over Cottonwood Creek Bridge Replacement and Trail Connection

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Project Completed

We are finished! Both Academy Boulevard and the Cottonwood Creek Trail are open!

Project Details

Location: The bridge is located on North Academy Boulevard, where it crosses Cottonwood Creek just south of the intersection with York Road / Brookwood Drive.

Overview:  This important project replaced an aging, substandard bridge, bringing the structure up to modern safety standards, and completed an important connection on the Cottonwood Creek Trail. The project team studied multiple options of replacing or rehabilitating the bridge, and where to have the trail cross both Academy Boulevard and the creek. Public input was a critical element of the decision process, including a public meeting in May 2016, where some 80% of respondents favored or accepted the new trail extension under the south side of the bridge.

Key Elements:

  • The existing bridge was replaced in three phases, keeping two lanes of traffic open in each direction at all times. 
  • Access to businesses on Academy Boulevard will be maintained at all times.
  • Sidewalk was added on the northbound side of Academy. 
  • The project extended the Cottonwood Creek Trail westward under the new Academy Boulevard bridge, on the south side of the creek.  Approximately 300 feet south of the bridge, the trail crosses Cottonwood Creek via a pedestrian bridge, connecting to the segment of the trail that runs on the north side.
  • New drop structures in Cottonwood Creek help control erosion and creek flow.

Budget: $7 million. The project is funded by multiple sources, primarily the PPRTA (Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority). The trail portion of the project is funded by Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.