GOCO Connect Initiative Trail Project


In a combined effort with the Montrose Recreation District, the city received a $2 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for the Connect Initiative. The city will use the grant to build a concrete trail for bikers and pedestrians that extends from the Community Recreation Center to the yet-to-be completed recreational trail and gold medal fishing waters in the Colorado Outdoors project area along the Uncompahgre River. By way of two underpasses, the project will eliminate the need for trail users to cross Townsend Avenue (U.S. Hwy 550) or Main Street (State Hwy 90).

The project, created with the intent of “Connecting People to their Parks and Recreation”, will create bike/pedestrian underpasses at the U.S. Highway 90 bridge adjacent to the West Main Street Trailhead Bridge and at the U.S. Highway 550 bridge at Dry Cedar Creek, just west of City Market. The city will construct a total of 2.25 miles of 10’ concrete trail under the grant, which will incorporate several miles of existing trails to dramatically improve public access to the community's primary parks and recreational facilities.  

The project aligns with community input received during the development of the city's Comprehensive Master Plan and the Uncompahgre Riverway Master Plan, which showed walking/biking trail development to be among the highest priorities for new community amenities.

Proposed Alignment


South End

The trail will extend from the Montrose Community Recreation Center to the Woodgate Road roundabout, then behind the post office and City Market along the north side of the Dry Cedar Creek arroyo where it dips down under Highway 550 beneath the existing CDOT bridge. After emerging on the west side, the trail proceeds behind 4 Seasons Mall, crosses a 16-acre city parcel, then bends slightly to the north to tie in directly to the Uncompahgre River Trail just north of an existing pedestrian bridge in Riverbottom Park.

North End

Approximately 1.5 miles of new trail will connect to the existing river trail at the West Main Trailhead and proceed north along the river to the Montrose Urban Renewal Authority and Colorado Outdoors development. The trail will feature connections at the North Ninth Street roundabout and at the north end of Grand Avenue. 

Project Timeline

  • Design Procurement/ Final Permitting - 2018
  • Bidding & Construction - 2019

Project Partnerships

The city budgeted $3.25 million for the project within its final 2019 budget, comprised of the $2 million GOCO grant reimbursement, $550,000 from the city, $355,000 invested by the Montrose Recreation District and contributions from Montrose County, Montrose Urban Renewal Authority, Valley Food Partnership, Colorado Health Foundation, Montrose Community Foundation, Montrose Recreational Foundation, Black Hills Energy and the Gates Family Foundation.

Project Update

December 18, 2018 - Councilors approved $3,007,879 in expenses for the project. The low bidder, Western Gravel Constructors based in Montrose, will build the trail for $2,823,979 while local consulting firm Del-Mont Consultants will add engineering and survey support budgeted at $183,900. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Montrose Connect Initiative Recreation Trail is being planned for January when work on the project is scheduled to begin. Construction is expected to conclude by fall 2019. 

August 8, 2018 - Design of the Connect Trail is nearly complete and has been submitted to various permitting agencies for their approval. Provided the permits are approved, construction is scheduled to begin in January and extend through November 2019.