Timnath portion of Poudre River Trail under construction

The Poudre River Trail is one step closer to completion with the construction of a 3/4-mile segment between Timnath’s Gateway Park and Stonefly Drive, east of I-25.

“Every trail segment counts, no matter how small,” said Jeffrey Boring, Larimer County resource specialist and regional trail coordinator. “The vision is an intact 40+ mile trail from Greeley to Fort Collins and small segments like this are necessary to finish the trail.”

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The Gateway Park to Stonefly Drive segment will cross through both unincorporated Larimer County and the Town of Timnath. The most recognizable section of this trail is the Swetsville Zoo. The Poudre River Trail will border the northern side of this regional landmark and provide great visual access to the colorful sculptures that define the zoo.

The trail will cross the Poudre River on the Harmony Road Bridge and head east into developing Timnath. A large multi-use development is planned east of County Road 5 and Timnath was able to work with the developer to align the trail through the development.

“The Poudre River Trail is a regional draw and gets a lot of use; we expect the trail to be good for business and a great amenity to the development,” said Matt Blakely, Timnath town planner.

Trail construction will start in early March and is expected to be complete in May. Temporary lane closures, near Harmony Road and the Poudre River, east of I-25, may be necessary to install the trail. The project was awarded to NORAA Concrete Construction Company for $724,994. Great Outdoors Colorado will pay $355,643 and the remaining costs will be paid by the Town of Timnath and Larimer County.