Second pedestrian bridge to cross C-470 at Quebec

Benefits will extend to motorists, cyclists

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A new pedestrian bridge to be constructed on the west side of Quebec Street over C-470 is in the final stages of design, and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2014.

The walkway, which will be built in a similar fashion to the bridge that runs along the east side of Quebec over the highway, is being funded in part by federal grant money.

The project, with the help of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, will receive $500,000 in federal funding, while Douglas County will pick up the remainder of the tab — estimated to be in the ballpark of an additional $600,000.

The project is expected to go out to bid in late December or early January.

“Once it gets underway, a lot of the work will occur off site, including the building of all of the girders,” said Art Griffith, the county’s capital improvements projects manager. “After on-site construction begins, all of the major work will occur at night, and we will take traffic up the ramp and onto the on-ramps, keeping traffic flowing.”

The bridge, being built along the northern border between Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch, will provide benefits for drivers as well as cyclists and pedestrians in the area.

“When someone pushes that button to cross the C-470 Trail across Yosemite, for example, it can take 15 minutes before the signals sync back up,” Griffith said. “So, in addition to making the free flow on the trails a lot safer, there is an added benefit to the driving public as it allows the timing of the signals to stay in sync and limits congestion, especially during high-traffic times like the weekends and holidays.”

Douglas County commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of funds for the pedestrian bridge at their Aug. 27 business meeting.

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