The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association recognized Clear Creek County’s Bakerville to Loveland Bikeway and Pedestrian Trail as the Best Overall Quality of Special Use Pavements in their 17th Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement awards. PBS&J, an Atkins company, navigated the fast-tracked project through intergovernmental agreements, design, advertisement, award, and construction management.

Prior to completion of the project, the only accessible route for cyclists along the five-mile stretch between Bakerville and Loveland was on the shoulder of Interstate-70. An existing dirt path that ran parallel to the interstate was not well-suited to bicycling. Now, in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, Clear Creek Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest, and the Federal Highway Administration, Clear Creek County offers hikers and bikers a scenic and safe recreational trail.

The initial budget for the project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), allowed for only a portion of the path to be paved. But as a result of PBS&J proposing a fixed-budget, best-value contracting method to eliminate the risk of budget overruns, the ARRA contribution was doubled, alloweing for the paving of the entire five-mile trail.

Founded in 1960 and based in Florida, PBS&J provides engineering, planning, architecture, construction, environmental, and program management services. The firm has approximately 2,700 employees and more than 80 offices in the United States.