COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A section of North Cheyenne Canyon Road, from the main entrance of North Cheyenne Cañon Park to the parking lot at Helen Hunt Falls, is closed to all traffic, including vehicles, bicycles and hikers, beginning Sept. 20. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles. The closure, which is expected to last through the end of May 2022, will allow construction crews to replace three aging vehicular bridges.
Park trails will remain open, though visitors can expect to see heavy machinery and should completely avoid the impacted section of North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Vehicle access to Helen Hunt Falls is from Gold Camp Road only.
“We would like to thank park users for their patience during this project,” said Aaron Egbert, project manager and senior engineer with the City of Colorado Springs. “We understand how important this park is to the community, and we are committed to replacing these bridges as safely and efficiently as possible. For the safety of construction crew members and park visitors, it is critical that all users respect the road closure.”
The identified bridges (labeled B, C and D on this project map) are being reconstructed to address public safety and provide continued community use of the roadway and emergency service access. By proactively replacing these structures before they completely fail, costs can be managed, work can be planned efficiently, and impacts to the natural resources and park users can be minimized. This project is funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
More information about the bridge replacement project is available at ColoradoSprings.gov/NCCBridgeReplacement.
Other projects in North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Daniels Pass area in North Cheyenne Cañon Park closed through early November 2021. The reopening date is dependent on weather and final completion of new trail projects underway.
The closure area runs south of North Cheyenne Cañon Road to the property boundary and from Gold Camp Road on the west to Mount Muscoco on the east. Mount Muscoco will remain open and accessible via the Mount Cutler and Mount Muscoco trails. Access on Gold Camp Road adjacent to the area will not be affected. A map of the closure area can be accessed here: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/ncc_daniels_pass_closure....
The closure allows for construction of the new Daniels Pass and Sweetwater Canyon trails. Work also includes the decommissioning and restoration of the existing and unsustainable Daniels Pass Trail.