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Friday, December 19, 2008

Powerline Trail Across Harmony - How About a Bridge?

This is from a comment posted by Mike H. in June. Some of us think it is a great idea. The map to the right shows the Powerline Trail with a red dash where it would cross over Harmony Rd.

Mike wrote:

"This is my uber-dream for Ft. Collins bike visibility -- literally, I had this daydream while out for a ride on day:

When we extend the Powerline Trail across Harmony, how about a multi-use (non-motorized user) bridge across Harmony? In my vision, the bridge is adorned with tasteful, representative art, and "Welcome to Fort Collins" signage, similar to other well-known signs in towns such as Golden. This way, we have a very visible and beautiful image to present to the world, with bicyclists and pedestrians silhouetted at sunset with the iconic foothills in the background. This would be a picture that would stick out in the minds of would-be tourists and our Platinum City award application.

I know that Old Town is the true heart of Ft. Collins, but Harmony is the realistic gateway and thoroughfare for citizens and visitors alike. We would drape seasonal event signs on the bridge, similar to Loveland. This would provide safe passage for the newer developments in SE Ft. Collins, and naturally link/draw cizens down harmony towards the Mason Corridor.

That's my vision: I know it's expensive and perhaps lofty, but I wanted to share this vision. Cheers!"


Chris said...

I think this is a great idea! Does anyone have any rough idea how the cost of something like this would compare to a similar underpass?

oriello said...

Chris - I think we're talking $1-2 million (that's a long span on Harmony). But with almost all of our underpasses in town we've been able to get 80% financing from the federal highway administration. So we'd have to come up with 20%. Our "Building on Basics" brings about $500K in per year for bike and pedestrian work. So there's a good start on the match right there.