PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) – The City of Pueblo is working to improve Lake Minnequa, transforming the space for cyclists and hikers. Officials say it’s part of a larger plan to make the city’s trail network more connected.
According to the Pueblo Department of Public Works, the new Lake Minnequa Link Trail Project will construct a concrete multi-use trail to connect the Lake Minnequa Trail to Pueblo Boulevard.
The trail will be located next to the drainage ditch, starting at Lake Minnequa, heading west to Alma Avenue before heading south to Pueblo Boulevard. The Department of Public Works and Pueblo Parks and Recreation are working with Dibble Corporation and Norris Des, the project consultants.
City of Pueblo Engineering Manager Charles Roy said the project is still part of the city’s master plan.
“We have a pedestrian and bicycle master plan for the city of Pueblo, and that’s one piece of that…connecting major transportation networks and streets with the city Pubelo blvd., Prairie Ave. These are huge connectors, and they connect all the way to Lake Minnequa, where there is already a well-established trail network,” said Charles Roy.
Roy said this project was submitted for a grant from CDOT and the city received $1.4 million to begin the design of Phases 1 and 2 and construction of Phase 1 of the project.
Roy said the project was submitted as a multimodal transportation fund to support increased mobility in the city of Pueblo. With this project, he said he hopes to increase overall walking in the city.
“So people could ideally cycle to one side of town if they all wanted to on the other side of town,” Charles Roy explained.
On July 12, the Town of Pueblo invites community members to a presentation and feedback session on the proposed Prairie to Lake Minnequa Link Trail.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Lycée Sud. All members of the Pueblo community are invited to join and see a presentation and discussion about the project.
“This meeting is more for information and awareness about what’s going through your backyard. It’s going to improve the ugliness of the ditch that’s currently there. There’s a lot of trash and a lot of bad stuff on this trail on the ditch, and it will create a nice walking path for people to get around their neighborhood,” said Charles Roy.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2022 with an expected completion date of spring 2023.