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Airport Creek underpass, trail project moving forward

Broomfield city and county officials are seeking funding to build a trail and pedestrian tunnel under the BNSF railway near the Broomfield Industrial Park, which city and county officials say will increase trail connectivity and improve access to tra
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A Google Earth view of the proposed Airport Creek underpass and trail in Broomfield.

Broomfield city and county officials are seeking funding to build a trail and pedestrian tunnel under the BNSF railway near the Broomfield Industrial Park, which city and county officials say will increase trail connectivity and improve access to transportation options. 

The Broomfield Transportation Forum on Monday approved a request to the Denver Regional Council of Governments for approximately $4 million to complete the project, with the city and county providing a $1 million match. 

Broomfield has received mostly positive feedback about the project so far, Transportation Manager Sarah Grant told City Councilmembers on Monday, with one community member expressing concerns about cyclists using the RTD overpass to access the U.S. 36 bike path. 

Broomfield staff are working on improving trail connectivity that will address those kinds of issues, Grant said. 

The project is one of Broomfield’s top transportation priorities for cyclists and pedestrians, Grant said, as it removes a major transportation barrier and increases access to the Regional Transportation District bus station, the U.S. 36 bikeway and the Big Dry Creek Trail. 

Other community members who supported the project talked about the benefit of being able to connect to other trails safely, helping high school students from the nearby Jefferson Academy connect with friends and favorite places more easily and providing bird watchers with a safe way to access the area. 

The forum, which consists of Councilmembers William Lindstedt, Deven Shaff and Austin Ward, voted unanimously in favor of the funding request.