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By Jennifer Simms

IBM Connector Trail Now Open


Photo by Jennifer Simms Two cyclists take the new IBM Connector Trail under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks on a recent summer morning.

The IBM Connector Trail, which links the Longmont to Boulder (LoBo) trail to the Boulder Reservoir trail system, officially opened on Tuesday, June 27, just in time for Bike to Work Day on June 28. “It’s about time,” commented Rod Bolls, who was out running the trail Friday morning.

Bolls, who lives in Gunbarrel North, said he has been eagerly anticipating the trail’s opening for years, though he understands the county has been behind on its infrastructure projects due to the 2013 floods. “I know they’ve had a lot on their plate,” he said.

The trail, which was constructed through a partnership between the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and Boulder County Transportation departments, included the construction of two new bridges and the repurposing of two underpasses under Highway 119.

“The trail is a great example of the county’s commitment to alternative modes of travel that help people move around the area without a motor vehicle,” comment George Gerstle, director of Boulder County Transportation, in a press release. “It provides a safe place to cross a busy highway without having to interact with cars, and it also provides safe passage to a few of the fun outdoor spaces provided by our partners at the City of Boulder.”

Visit the county’s website https://www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/plans-and-projects/trails/lobo-ibm-connector-trail/to learn more about the IBM Connector Trail. A grand opening celebration for is being planned for later this summer.


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