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Town, County Work To Restore Fish Creek Road In Estes Park


Fish-Creek-Jim-WardPlanning underway for permanent repairs; temporary road repairs begin Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

The 2013 Flood damaged and destroyed major sections of Fish Creek Road as well as utility lines that had been buried in the roadway. For several weeks, the Upper Thompson Sanitation District has been constructing a temporary sanitary sewer line to restore service to more than 2,000 customers in the area. The Town of Estes Park has already restored water and electric service to area residents. Excel, Century Link, and Baja Communications have been repairing damaged utilities as well. The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District will perform temporary repairs to hole #17 of the Estes Park Golf Course this winter/early spring and complete permanent repairs once the corridor design is complete. Now Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park are preparing to begin temporary repairs to Fish Creek Road beginning Monday, November 11, 2013.

The Town of Estes Park began excavating material deposited in Lake Estes shortly after the flood when the Bureau of Reclamation agreed to lower the water level in the reservoir to facilitate this work. Material from this excavation will be used to make temporary repairs to Fish Creek Road, with the intent of restoring a continuous two-lane roadway which can be maintained through the coming winter and spring until permanent repairs can be designed and constructed next summer/fall. Temporary disruptions will continue to occur as construction continues. Completion of temporary repairs is weather dependent.

Larimer County, the Town of Estes Park, the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District and the Upper Thompson Sanitation District are forming a joint partnership to coordinate a single unified effort to design and construct the permanent Fish Creek Corridor: Roadway and Utility improvements, including the multi-use trail. Once this partnership is formed a Request for Qualifications will be issued to select a design consultant to help with this effort. This will include a careful look at many competing design constraints and conditions and will include such complicated tasks such as deciding where Fish Creek will flow, where to position the road, and what modifications should be considered to prevent future damage from a similar event. The agencies are cautiously optimistic that some of the permanent repairs could begin as early as summer/fall of 2014. For more information, contact County Engineer Kyle Arend 970-498-5734, karend@larimer.org.

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