Residents may have noticed construction on the east side of McCulloch south of Highway 50. This is not a sidewalk as some have noted on social media, but rather a grant funded trail project called the Main McCulloch North Trail. Given that this trail runs parallel to McCulloch directly on the boulevards east side, it is a concrete trail, thus resembling a sidewalk.
Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Director, Carol Cosby has consistently and successfully applied for grants to fund new trails and trail improvements throughout the District. The Main McCulloch North Trail was funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Construction began on June 19 at the intersection of McCulloch Blvd. and Joe Martinez Blvd. and is estimated to be completed on August 18. This one-mile grant funded trail will run along McCulloch Blvd. between Joe Martinez Blvd. and Industrial Blvd. None of Pueblo West’s trails are funded from the District’s General Fund budget, but rather are built with grant funding. These trail builds have zero impact on the District’s Streets and Roads Division budget. All CDOT trail grants are non-fungible meaning awarded grant money cannot be used for a purpose other than what it was awarded for. Grants from CDOT cannot be used to fund road repairs in the District. They are separately appropriated funds.
Main McCulloch North Trail is one of two CDOT funded trails scheduled to build this year. The TAP 1 Trail will run from Spaulding and Cyclone Alley to McCulloch West approximately 2.4 miles. The purpose of this trail is to allow safe access for students to walk or ride their bike to and from Pueblo West High School, as well as contribute to the extensive recreational trail base in our community. The TAP 1 Trail is also funded through CDOT grants.
The Parks and Recreation Department is in the design phase for a third trail, also CDOT grant funded, that will be on the north side running from Industrial north to Platteville. Construction is not expected to begin until 2018 at the earliest.