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North Shields Street (County Road 17) Corridor Improvements

Larimer County Project No. 301
Replacement of Bridge No. 17-0.5-48 over the Poudre River and
Road Reconstruction of North Shields Street (County Road 17) from the Arthur Ditch to Willox Lane

Last Updated:  November 4, 2014

Project Update Open House
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (5:30-7:30 PM)
Commissioner's Hearing Room, 200 W. Oak Street, 2nd Floor


North Shields Street (County Road 17) is a major arterial connection between Fort Collins and northern portions of unincorporated Larimer County. Concerns on this stretch of roadway include:

  • Structurally deficient* and narrow river bridge with poor roadway approaches
  • Heavy vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic
  • No turn lanes
  • Poudre River Trailhead poorly defined
  • No safe parking
  • No bicycle/pedestrian facilities
  • High number of access points
  • Relatively high number of accidents

Larimer County has applied for and received three federal grants to make improvements to North Shields Street (County Road 17) from just north of Vine Drive to Willox Lane in northwest Fort Collins. One grant is to replace the bridge over the Poudre River, another is to make improvements to Shields Street between the Arthur Ditch and Willox Lane and the third is to provide a trailhead/parking area for the Poudre River Trail.


Final Design and right-of-way acquisition are complete. Utility relocation work will be underway beginning later this year. Construction is scheduled for January through July of 2015. An open house is scheduled for Tuesday November 18, 2014 to explain and update residents on the project. The City of Fort Collins will be there to update the status of the Shields and Vine roundabout project as well as the new sanitary sewer line that will be constructed the full length of the project this fall and winter.


This is an important component of the project and County staff encourage input and feedback from citizens.

Project Newsletters will be posted when new information is available.


Open House #1 - 6-16-2011

A pre-design open house was held June 16, 2012, to gather initial input. Open house materials:

Open House #2 - 8-8-2012

A design open house was held August 8, 2012, to gather input. Open house materials:


Ron Winne
Project Manager
(970) 498-5713
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