Midland Trail opening to public this weekend

       With the exception of a short segment going under I-25 east of Chestnut Street, the Midland Trail is complete and will be ready for public use this weekend, according to Chris Lieber, Colorado Springs Parks trails coordinator.
        No opening ceremonies are planned at this time.
       The trail has been getting use already in recent weeks, “except for a couple of places that were fenced off while construction was going on,” he said.
       The segment east of Chestnut connects to the Greenway trail on the east side of I-25. It can be hiked now, but is just dirt. Lieber said the city plans to lay “temporary asphalt” there. The work will be temporary because the Colorado Department of Transportation is finalizing plans to widen I-25 - which will likely mean the trail must be relocated within a few years.
       The two-mile trail, which follows the old railroad right of way generally paralleling Fountain Creek, consists of two surface types. The larger part is 12-foot-wide and made of concrete. Beside it is a 4-foot-wide path with a softer surface of crushed gravel (also called crusher fines).
       The concrete is expected to be used by walkers and bicyclists, with sufficient width to avoid collisions. The crusher-fines trail will be more likely used by runners and horseback riders, Lieber said.
       Lieber said the city hopes to continue the trail eventually west to Manitou Springs, once issues of funding and rights of way are worked out. Funding for the current section came from the city's open space sales tax and state and federal grants.

Westside Pioneer Article