Kinney Run Improvements (G150 Project)

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The Kinney Run Improvement Project is a Public/Private Partnership between the City and Molson Coors for improvements to the Kinney Run Flood Plain Area on the east side Ford Street in downtown Golden, between 14th Street and Clear Creek. This project is related to the G150 project that is within the Kinney Run flood plain. Coors was looking at options to remove their property from the flood plain, and determined that creating an open channel along Ford Street from 14th Street to Clear Creek would be the best way to accomplish this goal.

Under the project, much of the Molson Coors property will be removed from the Kinney Run 100 year flood plain, and would also positively impact this flood plain along Ford Street within the City as well. By helping to fund an increase in the capacity of this planned open channel, the City is enabling a future upstream project to remove even more of East Downtown from the flood plain on the west side of Ford Street. The Kinney Run Improvement Project will also create a wider sidewalk on the east side of Ford Street between 14th Street and Clear Creek, and the channel bottom will feature naturalistic landscaping, as it will be visible during dry periods. A new bridge across the open channel at 13th Street will be constructed as part of the project, necessitating a detour from 13th to 12th Street while the 13th and Ford Street intersection is closed. In addition, the Clear Creek Trail will be closed east of the Ford Street bridge on the south side of the creek, where it crosses into Vanover Park, for an extended period; however, a detour crossing at Water Street will allow a safe Ford Street crossing into Vanover Park and access to the Tucker Gulch Trail to the north.


There will be trail and street closures in the area from Spring 2021-Fall 2021. Please follow this page and sign up for updates for information on closures and the work being done.


Update May 24:

Molson Coors will be re-opening 12th at Ford soon, but on June 1, will be closing 13th at Ford for channel work. Please refer to this map for suggested detours on either Hwy 58 or 44th Ave. to avoid the construction. This work and the detours will likely be in place until early fall.

Update April 19:

Coors working on Tree Removal with Replanting to Come – Coors has removed some trees along the east side of Ford between the creek and 12th Street, starting next week there will be trees removed south of 12th Street. Replacement trees will be planted along a new and wider sidewalk once the channel construction is complete, see plan drawing for the future view.

Clear Creek Trail Detour – Starting next week, Public Works will be putting up signs of the trail detour on May 5th. During this one week period, the trail over Vanover bridge will continue to be open but the signs will help trail users prepare for the detour. Starting May 5th, bike and pedestrian traffic will be officially detoured along the west side of Ford Street via a new Water Street crossing that takes trail users through Vanover Park to connect the Clear Creek Trail to the Tucker Gulch Trail.

Update April 13:

This month work will begin on the Kinney Run that will run along Ford St. Construction will begin on both the 14th St. and the Clear Creek end of the greenway and the contractors will work towards the section between 12th and 13th St. The culvert for the bridge at 12th has been poured and that bridge will be opening sometime in May.

Update: April 1:

City Council will be looking at a potential agreement between the City and Coors on channel upgrades on Tuesday, April 20. The cost for these upgrades will between $600,000 and $700,000. This is a $10 million project for Molson Coors and Golden will get significant benefit from their project. This improvement will be occurring on Molson Coors property and will be covered by a permanent drainage easement to the city which will allow for Mile High drainage to have the section on their drainage maintenance list. The City's ability to partner with Molson Coors on this project allows us to complete future projects that removes Ford Street and areas to the west from the flood plain for substantially less cost than it would otherwise would.

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Molson Coors G150 Project

The flood channel improvement opportunity exists because of the Molson Coors G150 Project which will modernize the Brewery's 1960s/1970s-era brewing technologies and will enable Coors to brew their products using 15% less energy and will save over 100 million gallons of water a year. These improvements will enable the brewery to have a smaller impact on the environment in Colorado.

April Update: The excavation in front of the Brewery is close to completion and working to backfill the area where the new cellar will sit is well underway. As a result of knocking down buildings and excavating the G150 Project has recycled 6.7 million lbs. of metal and crushed 95 million pounds of concrete. Overall, over 98% of the material from the buildings has either been recycled or reused.

March Update: The lakes in front of the brewery have been drained and they are now in the process of excavating the remainder of the area that will house the new beer production building. This excavation will continue for the next couple of months, and once that is complete, they will start the process of filling in the area and make final preparations for laying the foundations of the new beer production building.

Why is the sidewalk closed on Ford street?

Sidewalk traffic will be rerouted along the east side of Ford Street through the continuation of the project to keep our community safe and out of the construction zone of the flood control channel.

What is being done with the material that is being removed from the site?

The project will reuse and recycle as much of the material as possible. The concrete will be ground down and be used as fill material under the G150 cellar. Molson Coors has also recycled over 5,000,000 lbs. of metal thus far on the project.

The Kinney Run Improvement Project is a Public/Private Partnership between the City and Molson Coors for improvements to the Kinney Run Flood Plain Area on the east side Ford Street in downtown Golden, between 14th Street and Clear Creek. This project is related to the G150 project that is within the Kinney Run flood plain. Coors was looking at options to remove their property from the flood plain, and determined that creating an open channel along Ford Street from 14th Street to Clear Creek would be the best way to accomplish this goal.

Under the project, much of the Molson Coors property will be removed from the Kinney Run 100 year flood plain, and would also positively impact this flood plain along Ford Street within the City as well. By helping to fund an increase in the capacity of this planned open channel, the City is enabling a future upstream project to remove even more of East Downtown from the flood plain on the west side of Ford Street. The Kinney Run Improvement Project will also create a wider sidewalk on the east side of Ford Street between 14th Street and Clear Creek, and the channel bottom will feature naturalistic landscaping, as it will be visible during dry periods. A new bridge across the open channel at 13th Street will be constructed as part of the project, necessitating a detour from 13th to 12th Street while the 13th and Ford Street intersection is closed. In addition, the Clear Creek Trail will be closed east of the Ford Street bridge on the south side of the creek, where it crosses into Vanover Park, for an extended period; however, a detour crossing at Water Street will allow a safe Ford Street crossing into Vanover Park and access to the Tucker Gulch Trail to the north.


There will be trail and street closures in the area from Spring 2021-Fall 2021. Please follow this page and sign up for updates for information on closures and the work being done.


Update May 24:

Molson Coors will be re-opening 12th at Ford soon, but on June 1, will be closing 13th at Ford for channel work. Please refer to this map for suggested detours on either Hwy 58 or 44th Ave. to avoid the construction. This work and the detours will likely be in place until early fall.

Update April 19:

Coors working on Tree Removal with Replanting to Come – Coors has removed some trees along the east side of Ford between the creek and 12th Street, starting next week there will be trees removed south of 12th Street. Replacement trees will be planted along a new and wider sidewalk once the channel construction is complete, see plan drawing for the future view.

Clear Creek Trail Detour – Starting next week, Public Works will be putting up signs of the trail detour on May 5th. During this one week period, the trail over Vanover bridge will continue to be open but the signs will help trail users prepare for the detour. Starting May 5th, bike and pedestrian traffic will be officially detoured along the west side of Ford Street via a new Water Street crossing that takes trail users through Vanover Park to connect the Clear Creek Trail to the Tucker Gulch Trail.

Update April 13:

This month work will begin on the Kinney Run that will run along Ford St. Construction will begin on both the 14th St. and the Clear Creek end of the greenway and the contractors will work towards the section between 12th and 13th St. The culvert for the bridge at 12th has been poured and that bridge will be opening sometime in May.

Update: April 1:

City Council will be looking at a potential agreement between the City and Coors on channel upgrades on Tuesday, April 20. The cost for these upgrades will between $600,000 and $700,000. This is a $10 million project for Molson Coors and Golden will get significant benefit from their project. This improvement will be occurring on Molson Coors property and will be covered by a permanent drainage easement to the city which will allow for Mile High drainage to have the section on their drainage maintenance list. The City's ability to partner with Molson Coors on this project allows us to complete future projects that removes Ford Street and areas to the west from the flood plain for substantially less cost than it would otherwise would.

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Molson Coors G150 Project

The flood channel improvement opportunity exists because of the Molson Coors G150 Project which will modernize the Brewery's 1960s/1970s-era brewing technologies and will enable Coors to brew their products using 15% less energy and will save over 100 million gallons of water a year. These improvements will enable the brewery to have a smaller impact on the environment in Colorado.

April Update: The excavation in front of the Brewery is close to completion and working to backfill the area where the new cellar will sit is well underway. As a result of knocking down buildings and excavating the G150 Project has recycled 6.7 million lbs. of metal and crushed 95 million pounds of concrete. Overall, over 98% of the material from the buildings has either been recycled or reused.

March Update: The lakes in front of the brewery have been drained and they are now in the process of excavating the remainder of the area that will house the new beer production building. This excavation will continue for the next couple of months, and once that is complete, they will start the process of filling in the area and make final preparations for laying the foundations of the new beer production building.

Why is the sidewalk closed on Ford street?

Sidewalk traffic will be rerouted along the east side of Ford Street through the continuation of the project to keep our community safe and out of the construction zone of the flood control channel.

What is being done with the material that is being removed from the site?

The project will reuse and recycle as much of the material as possible. The concrete will be ground down and be used as fill material under the G150 cellar. Molson Coors has also recycled over 5,000,000 lbs. of metal thus far on the project.

Questions

Let us know if you have a question about the Coors G150 Project or its impacts on the community.

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    How will bike/ped access from downtown to the Clear Creek Trail work during run off season? Currently the Ford underpass is closed during higher water periods and a surface crossing is used instead. The current design looks to eliminate this surface crossing. It is critical to keep some viable and not out-of-the-way link open year round.

    bpalmintier asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Just to clarify, there is still a surface crossing at Ford Street, connecting trail users on the east side to the pedestrian bridge across the channel and then the bridge across to Vanover Park. This connection across Ford Street is slightly off center from the trail on the east side of Ford, but staff will be devising a crosswalk that accommodates this need for an angled crossing.

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    What are the striping plans for Ford with the new work? Please include not only bike lanes, but also a safe way for north going on-street bikes to turn left at both the Mill and 10th Street. Ideally this would then extend with at least a climbing bike lane all the way up Ford... the Kinney run trail option is fine for family and recreation but too far out of the way, convoluted, and slow for attractive commuting northbound on Ford.

    bpalmintier asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. The current plan is to maintain the bike lane striping as it currently exists along Ford Street, all along the channel area and north across 10th Street. Staff is looking at the possibility of providing a vertical separation element between the bike lanes and the vehicle lanes On Ford as well, to help improve safety and visibility. Unfortunately, the area north of 9th Street has a very constricted right-of-way, hemmed in between the CoorsTek buildings and Tucker Gulch, and there is only room for one lane each way. If you have any ideas on creating an easier transition to Tucker Gulch Trail, we would love to hear your input.

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    What considerations are being given to avoiding bottlenecks at the sharp turn entering/leaving the underpass? Seems this could become a safety concern for bike-ped interactions given the much more limited sight distance compared to the current/old setup. What about with weekend crowds and tubers? Maybe a north-side of the creek protected crossing (underpass? bridge) to support tubers after takeout and access from Clear Creek trail between the table mountains to places such as the Golden Mill and Parfet Park (ideally with trail links). If an underpass a crossing could be only open during lower waters associated with the summer rush vs. the need to keep a viable connection year round (winter ice jams, higher flows) to link the South-side trail to Clear Creek and beyond. Particularly considering the upcoming Peak to Plains extension and encouragement of bikers to take the south trail through creek section.

    bpalmintier asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your input. Yes, the turns associated with the underpass and the channel crossing are right angles and do not allow for smooth transitions due to space constraints, so caution will be needed, as in other areas along the trail. Signage and/or pavement markings could help with this education process, but staff is open to any ideas you may have. A north bank connection has been something that the City has been exploring but would be an expensive and technically challenging place to put a trail due to the existing buildings and the vertical embankment. Staff continues to explore options.

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    I believe that someone has made a typo in this story: the flood plain is named “”Kenneys Run” and not “Kinney Run”

    ..billg asked 3 months ago

    The name for this drainage channel appears in at least four different forms in City and County records. It has been variously called Kinney Run, Kinney’s Run, Kenney Run and Kenney’s Run. City staff has an informal agreement among ourselves to call it Kinney Run.

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    Will 32nd Ave from McIntyre to Ford be permanently closed to through traffic?

    Michael asked 4 months ago

    The intersection at Ford Street and 13th Street will be closed temporarily, until the fall, due to work to create a new drainage channel that runs along the east side of Ford Street between 14th Street and Clear Creek. However, this intersection will reopen and will function the same way it has in the past once construction is complete.

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    Will any of the improvements lessen the constant noise (24/7/365) that affects our quality of life up here in front of North Table Mtn?

    Meco,Peery Pkwy asked 7 months ago

    Unfortunately, we don't currently have any information on how the project will impact noise levels. According to the our Acting Planning Director, Rick Muriby, , the G150 project does not impact existing buildings or operations to our knowledge, so noise is not likely to be addressed in any significant way.

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    Are there any renderings of what Ford Street will look like upon completion of the project?

    fangacx asked 7 months ago

    There are no current renderings of Ford Street to share as Coors and city staff are still determining design requirements.

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    Thanks for the information so far, but why not give us an overview of the whole project?

    RabbitRanch asked 7 months ago

    The channel plans are currently in a state of flux as Coors and the City work through a number of issues related to channel size and other infrastructure decisions. Once the plans are fully developed, staff will work with Coors to share on Guiding Golden.

    The plans for the new G150 building are in Jefferson County, outside of Golden’s jurisdiction, but the public can request the latest update on JeffCo’s review of these plans.

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    What is Coors doing with the conserved 100 million gallons/year- leave it in the channel to improve instream flows? What are they doing to minimize further damage to Clear Creek during construction and after.

    ClearCreekCitizen asked 7 months ago

    Yes, the water stays in the channel and drains to Clear Creek. The Project will follow all applicable local, State, and Federal regulations for construction within and near waters of the US.

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    Currently, the traffic lights are covered at the intersection of Ford and 12th Street while this project is underway. Since none of the painted lines or signs for the intersection have changed (or at least, if there are signs, they are not immediately obvious), it is very unclear to drivers as they arrive at this intersection whether it is a three-way stop or if Ford is supposed to be continuous while 12th is a stop-signed side street. One of my daily commuting routes takes me east down 12th and then turning left onto Ford (to go northbound), and I have seen many uncertain moments between drivers on Ford, some of whom stop for turning traffic coming from 12th and some of whom assume they are not supposed to, and drivers like me turning left from 12th onto Ford, who are uncertain if they have right of way at any point or are supposed to wait for an opening in the Ford Street traffic (which can be a long time coming during rush hours). Anything the city or Coors can do to clarify the signage for this intersection would be very much appreciated. Best of luck to Coors with the rest of the project.

    jnpollock asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for the feedback. Staff will review and address in order to add clarity to users under the closure conditions.

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