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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Big Dry Creek signal and trail improvements project

Project Details

The Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, in conjunction with a series of funding grants from Adams County, will be making staged improvements along the Big Dry Creek Trail, including the installation of a full traffic light and pedestrian crossing at the entrance to Big Dry Creek Park on 128th Street, 1/4 mile east of Zuni Boulevard. 

Project Update

As of  Jan. 17, all trail work is complete, and the Big Dry Creek trail is fully open from Standley Lake to I-25.

Minor touch-ups and landscape restoration are occurring as weather allows.

The traffic light is operational at 128th and Big Dry Creek Park. We welcome this latest addition in providing safety to our trail and park users. The light will be flashing yellow until Tuesday, Jan. 22, giving drivers and park users a chance to get accustomed to the new signal. On Tuesday, the light will be fully operational. 

Thank you all for your patience, and we hope you enjoy the new trails! Look for an opening celebration this spring.

Future Timeline/Improvements:

This coming spring, the city will embark on a signage and wayfinding plan that will install new directional signs and markers along the U.S. 36 Bikeway, Big Dry Creek Trail and the Little Dry Creek Trail. Stay tuned for further updates.


When completed, the entire Big Dry Creek Trail will be paved in 10-foot wide concrete from I-25 in the northeast, to the edge of Standley Lake in the west. A 4-foot wide gravel sidepath will be installed where possible for those wanting to run on a softer, more natural surface.

A new traffic light at the entrance to Big Dry Creek Park on 128th Avenue will provide a much safer, controlled access to the park, and allow a grade connection to the Big Dry Creek Trail on the north side of the road.

Construction times and segments are subject to a wide array of conditions that may change the anticipated schedule. Please be aware that creating a detour for a trail can be difficult, and sometimes impossible because of conditions, or lack of options. The City will look at all options when closing a trail to minimize inconvenience to our trail users.


John Vann

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