A portion of the West Rail Line pedestrian/bike path is open in Lakewood, however, due to safety purposes, the remaining path will not open until adjacent shouldering, landscaping, painting and fencing are complete and the path is safe for all users. Until all aspects of the route have been approved, RTD and Denver Transit Construction Group ask that you please use the marked detour route until the path is fully open to the public.
See a MAP of the bike/pedestrian path
The path along the West Rail Line in Lakewood will be both on-street and off-street configuration, running parallel to the West Rail Line for the majority of the alignment. It will begin at Platte River Trail in Denver and continue west to Quail Street in Lakewood. A little more than half of the path through Lakewood will be a dedicated path, separate from the street. This portion features elevated crossings over Kipling Street and Wadsworth Boulevard, on bridges adjacent to the light rail. Signage will be placed for the street portion of the path, but bicyclists and pedestrians will need to share the road with automobiles.
Decatur to Hazel Court Pedestrian Bridge - Bike path separate from street, path north of alignment
Hazel Court Pedestrian Bridge to Perry - Bike path separate from street, path south of alignment
Perry to Sheridan - Bike path seperate from street, path follows alignment on the north and south side.
Sheridan to Depew - On street, north side of alignment
Depew to Harlan - Bike path separate from street, path noth of alignment
Harlan to Newland - Separate bike path, adjacent to light rail, north side
Newland to Vance - On street, north side of alignment
Vance to Dudley - Separate bike path, adjacent to light rail, north side
Dudley to Estes - On street, north side of alignment
Estes to Garrison - On street, south side of alignment
Garrison to Kipling - Separate bike path, adjacent to light rail, north side
Kipling to Oak - On street, south side of the alignment
Oak to Quail - On street, north side of the alignment
The design team has worked to eliminate as many crossings as possible, but there are still four locations where bicyclists and pedestrians must cross the light rail tracks. Beginning at Oak Station, traveling east, the locations to cross the tracks are at Oak Street, Garrison Street, Estes Street, and Perry Street. At each of these crossings the path will cross the tracks at street level, adjacent to automobile traffic. Throughout the year, path maintenance, including snow removal, crack filling and other general maintenance, will be done by the city where the bike path is located.
Paco Sanchez Disc Golf Course
Denver Transit Construction Group is currently re-constructing the Paco Sanchez disc golf course. However, in order to establish lush vegetation on the course, it will not open until it is approximately 70 percent vegetated, pushing the opening to spring of 2013.
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