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A six-month project to replace an undersized, load-restricted bridge over South Cheyenne Creek and improve a section of the nearby Chamberlain Trail is now complete. 

The project, located on South Cheyenne Canyon Road in southwest Colorado Springs, replaced a bridge built in 1957 and added a pedestrian bridge carrying the Chamberlain Trail over South Cheyenne Creek creating significant improvements for motorists and trail users. This section of the Chamberlain Trail and South Cheyenne Canyon Road is now open to the public, however crews may be finalizing concrete and rock work on the bridges in the days following. Drivers and trail users are asked to continue to use caution.

“This project was a great collaboration between Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services,” said David Deitemeyer, Trails, Open Space and Parks Program Administrator. “Ensuring the safety of our park users is a top priority, and this new bridge for the Chamberlain Trail will provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for all trail users.”

The new vehicle bridge was built approximately 75 feet downstream from the old bridge and looks similar to the recently constructed bridges in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. This project was a PPRTA Capital A list project approved by voters in 2012. The pedestrian trail bridge was funded in part by the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Program. 

“This project was a significant undertaking, and we are proud to have delivered a safe and reliable bridge for the community,” said Ryan Phipps, Capital Improvements Manager with Colorado Springs Public Works. “We look forward to seeing residents and visitors utilize this essential infrastructure for many years to come.”

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