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June 27, 2017

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

IBM Connector Trail now open connecting Gunbarrel to Boulder Reservoir

Part of Longmont-to-Boulder trail system to officially open to cyclists and pedestrians just in time for Bike to Work Day!

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County Transportation has completed the IBM Connector Trail, which is part of
the Longmont-to-Boulder (LoBo) trail system.

It will officially open to
cyclists and pedestrians at 5 p.m. today, June 27, just in time for Bike to
Work Day tomorrow!

The
IBM Connector Trail is a multi-use regional trail that connects Gunbarrel to
Coot Lake and the Boulder Reservoir and will safely move users underneath the
Diagonal Highway/SH 119 and a railroad track. It’s approximately 0.6 miles long
and has a crushed rock surface.

“The
trail is a great example of the county’s commitment to alternative modes of
travel that help people move around the area without a motor vehicle,”
commented George Gerstle, director of Boulder County Transportation. “It
provides a safe place to cross a busy highway without having to interact with
cars, and it also provides safe passage to a few of the fun outdoor spaces
provided by our partners at the City of Boulder.”

“Through
partnership with Boulder County, the city is excited to see the trail complete
to allow access to the Boulder Reservoir, Coot Lake, and acres of open space,”
said Jeff Haley, planning, design and community engagement manager with the
City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department. “This trail is just one more
example of the many opportunities for city and county residents to access
recreation amenities and natural areas close to home.”

Design
and construction of the trail cost approximately $2.3 milling and was paid with
the help of $431,000 in Federal Transportation Enhancement funds. Boulder
County provided $1.7 million in funding that was specifically earmarked for
multi-modal improvements, such as trails, that were approved by county voters
in 2001 and extended in 2007. The City of Boulder contributed $200,000 to the
project, and they will own and maintain the trail now that it has been
completed.

Contact
Matt Wempe via email or 303-441-4554, or visit the county’s website to learn more
about the IBM Connector Trail and other great regional trails in Boulder County
that are available for all and others that are planned for the future.

A grand opening celebration is being planned for later this summer.


IBM Connector Trail 63rd Street Crossing

IBM Connector Trail 63rd Street Crossing


IBM Connector Trail West Side

IBM Connector Trail West Side