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Portion of Poudre Trail to close while repair work begins

Posted on 09/04/2018
Portion of Poudre Trail to close while repair work begins

We are excited to announce that repair work will finally begin on a stretch of the Poudre Trail originally damaged by the 2013 flood. Weld County, in partnership with Windsor, Greeley and the Poudre Trail Authority, have diligently worked together to secure funding to replace a section of the trail that collapsed into the Cache La Poudre River during the 2013 flood and further eroded in the 2015 spring run-off.

Emerges Services, LLC was awarded the construction contract for this project, which is located in Windsor near WCR 23 and approximately two miles east of SH 257. They will begin moving equipment in to the area the week of September 4. The project’s anticipated completion, depending on weather, is no later than November 16, 2018.

It is important to note that during construction the public will not be able to access any portion of the damaged trail. The construction zone will be fenced off for the public’s safety, and there will be turnaround areas on both sides of the construction zone. Commuters who use the trail should plan accordingly and find alternate routes. Please respect private property owners along the trail who allow the public to pass through their property, and please do not attempt to enter or go around the construction site.

The actual repair of the trail, which will encompass approximately 400 feet of the original path location, will start with clearing, grubbing, and removal of the original collapsed trail. To stabilize the river bank, Emerges Services will excavate the existing bank, backfill with riprap for extra protection, then add embankment material and topsoil to maintain the stability of the bank and promote vegetation growth.

In 2016, a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant was awarded specifically for this project. The grant, which uses funds from the Federal Highway Administration and is distributed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is designed to assist in projects relating to bicycle/pedestrian (non-motorized) transportation activities, environmental mitigation transportation activities and historic/scenic transportation activities. The TAP grant is an 80% federal with 20% local match requirement. Weld County was awarded $358,312 in federal funding, but since the bids came in below the award amount, the share will result in the same percentages. The construction costs will be $347,072 and are paired with matches from Weld County (46%), the City of Greeley (27%) and the Town of Windsor (27%) to pay for the project.