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High Line Canal Trail: Colfax to I-70

Aerial photo provided by Majestic Realty Co.

Construction Project Overview

The city of Aurora, in collaboration with American Civil Constructors, started work the week of Jan. 30 on a multi-use trail to close the gap along the High Line Canal between Colfax Avenue and recent improvements constructed north of I-70. 

The High Line Canal Trail construction project, which spans nearly two miles, will include:

Image of High Line Canal Trail project map

  • A continuous 8-foot-wide concrete trail
  • Two pedestrian bridges (one to cross over the canal just south of Smith Road and one over
  • I-70 just east of the Tower Road exchange)
  • An upgraded railroad crossing to promote pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • Access to the 71-mile High Line Canal Regional Trail within the metro area

Designed with community input, the new trail will provide close-to-home, accessible recreation opportunities within the community and serve a diverse population that may otherwise have limited opportunities to access natural areas. View additional details regarding the community input process, project files and more at

The city has been granted federal funds through the Denver Regional Council of Governments to help pay for the trail construction with city capital improvement funding used as a match amount. Additional funding partners consist of the Conservation Trust Fund, Adams County Open Space Grant, and the Adams County Open Space Tax Shareback.

Work This Week

  • Both directions of I-70 between Tower Road and Colfax Avenue will be fully closed overnight May 13 (8 p.m. to 5 a.m. westbound and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. eastbound) to complete work on the new High Line Canal Trail pedestrian bridge over the interstate. Follow the signed detour route, which will use Colfax Avenue between Tower Road and Gun Club Road. Expect slow traffic.

Project Contact Information

Harlie Zehnder, JH Resources
720.460.0947 or [email protected]

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