Peaks to Plains Trails—Clear Creek County and Jefferson County

Under a design-build contract, Muller Engineering Company provided design services for a major regional 4-mile trail project in Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado. The project traverses steep canyon terrain along Clear Creek and US 6, as well as utilizing an historic railroad embankment. The project includes a concrete trail, four pedestrian bridges, an underpass under US 6, and a modification to the bridge over Clear Creek to allow the trail to pass under the highway at the bridge. The team utilized context sensitive design minimizing disturbance in Clear Creek Canyon to provide the optimum experience for the trail users. The trail through Clear Creek Canyon will ultimately connect the Denver metro-area trail system to the Clear Creek Greenway, resulting in the 65-mile Peaks to Plains Trail (P2P) from the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass to Denver International Airport. This project won multiple awards: ACEC Colorado Honor Award for Engineering Excellence, ACEC National Honor Award for Engineering Excellence, Colorado Contractors Association Award for Environmental Excellence, Colorado Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Design and Land Stewardship, and DRCOG Metro Vision Award.