Final link of bike path along I-70 corridor from Denver to Glenwood Springs opens

GENESEE, Colo. — The final link of a bicycle path along the Interstate 70 corridor between Denver and Glenwood Springs opened Wednesday.

The 2.4-mile concrete trail of the “off I-70″ bike trail system was completed in Genesee and open to cyclists.

Before the trail’s opening, cyclists used the right shoulder of the interstate between exit 254 in Genesee and the Evergreen Parkway exit.

Now cyclists can use old highways, frontage roads and bike trails to travel the entire 150 miles.

“Safety was the primary impetus for building this trail,” Colorado Department of Transportation executive director Shailen Bhatt said.  “Taking a bicyclist off the interstate system will always enhance safety, not just for the cyclist, but for motorists as well. ”

The $2.4 million project took 11 months to complete. It includes a 10-foot wide path and a 120-foot bridge over the buffalo crossing. There are path pullouts in steeper grade areas.