The City of Manitou Springs has initiated the design of the replacement of the Beckers Lane Bridge over Fountain Creek. Beckers Lane provides the southern gateway to Garden of the Gods at its intersection with Manitou Avenue, The City intends on not only replacing the aging bridge but also developing an aesthetically pleasing solution that incorporated public art and mountain community design while supporting a busy and highly visible corridor.
Public outreach and involvement is also critical given the site’s proximity to adjoining property owners and the City’s emphasis on community input and inclusive dialogue. Considerations for multi-modal transportation are an essential part of the project, as the Creekwalk Trail is immediately north of the bridge, but visibility is poor for bicyclists and pedestrians trying to cross Beckers Lane at its juncture with the trail. Other project elements include utility relocation, environmental clearances, lighting, and sustainable design.