Bike trail connections planned

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Plans were changed during a Sept. 3 discussion of a proposal to construct two short transition routes between bike trails and on-street bike routes using administrative financial penalties paid by the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant for sewage spills.

Originally, plans were to build a connection at the Hosanna Sports Complex and another at Belleview Park.

But, during the discussion with city council, Councilmember Rick Gillit objected to the Belleview Park plan.

“The Belleview Park area is congested, there are few if any available parking spaces and there is a poor line of sight,” he said. “I don’t think this would be a good area to put in a bike trail connection.”

David Lee, open space manager, said the staff looked at three possible projects. The third would be in the area around Emerson Park.

“We can look again at the Emerson Park proposal,” he said. “It would build an off-street connection on the north side of the park, connecting the on-street bike route on Clarkson Street to the on-street bike route on Bates Avenue.”

The council consensus was to go with the work in Hosanna Sports Complex and Emerson Park. Lee said both projects are in keeping with the city’s master bicycle plan.

The estimated $52,575 for the two projects is half of the money the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant paid in administrative penalties.

Dennis Stowe, plant manager, said the fees were assessed for spills over several years, the last in 2008. He said the spills were primarily during the major construction at the plant.

“The Colorado Water Control Division allows using the administrative fees for environmental projects,” he said. “The division approved the use of the funds in Englewood and in Littleton.”

Stowe said Englewood and Littleton jointly own the plant. So, Englewood received half the fees for its two projects and Littleton received the same amount for its projects.

Lee said the plan is to move forward quickly so both projects can be completed before the end of 2013.