Denver Celebrates Completion of New High Line Canal Trail Underpasses

Published on June 03, 2021

Photo of large granite boulders painted with brightly colored stripes on the west side of the Colorado Boulevard underpass.

DENVER – Today, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black, and other local leaders will celebrate the completion of two new underpasses along the High Line Canal Trail. The underpasses allow people to travel underneath sections of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard instead of crossing these two busy roadways at street level, reducing potential conflicts with people in cars and aligning with Denver’s Vision Zero Program to eliminate serious and fatal injury crashes. Also new is 1,400 feet of multi-use trail along the north side of Hampden Avenue. Please see attached map with these features and their locations highlighted. 

A study of the High Line Canal Trail conducted by Arapahoe County in 2014 helped spur the underpass project. The study noted five crashes involving people walking and biking between 2008 and 2012 and approximately 75,000 people in cars using the Hampden/Colorado intersection daily. Three jurisdictions – the City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County and Cherry Hills Village - came together to construct the underpasses at a cost of $7.2M. The City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County and CDOT are currently constructing a third underpass along the High Line Canal Trail underneath Parker Road at Mississippi to provide people walking and biking a safer crossing at that location and that underpass is anticipated to open before the end of the year. 

Today, the media is invited to attend a ribbon cutting as the community celebrates its first walk and bike ride through the new Hampden and Colorado underpasses! 

What:   Ribbon cutting and community parade through two new trail underpasses beneath Colorado Boulevard and Hampden Avenue. 

Who:   Mayor Michael B. Hancock

            Denver District 4 City Councilwoman Kendra Black

            Leaders from Arapahoe County, Cherry Hills Village & High Line Canal Conservancy

            Community members                   

When:  TODAY, June 3 at 4 p.m.

Where: Meet at Magna Carta Park, 3400 S. Colorado Boulevard 

New Public Art: In addition to the safety improvements, trail users will notice a cluster of three large granite boulders painted with brightly colored stripes on the west side of the Colorado Boulevard underpass. This is the latest public art installation titled, “We Are Future Strata,” commissioned through the City & County of Denver’s 1% for Public Art Program. Salida artist Michael Buckley placed these glacial boulders on either side of the new multi-use trail and painted them with colored stripes to represent layers of rock strata and to mark this moment in time. It’s an unexpected and delightful intervention which will be enjoyed by trail users for years to come!