Community Development Offices will be closed January 29, 2021

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and please plan accordingly. On January 29, 2021, the entire Larimer County Community Development Department (Building, Planning, Code Compliance, Citizen Resources) will be closed to conduct a system upgrade. This upgrade also affects groups outside of Community Development including Weeds, Health (Septic) and Engineering. The Online Customer Portal is part of this upgrade and will not be available as we transition to a more customer friendly system. No inspections, no permitting, no staff on call, and limited other community development services will be available that day.

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Culvert Replacement and Northbound Right Turn Lane at CR 54G and 19

Project No. 303

(County Road 54G and 19)

Last Updated: dECEMBER, 2020
 

SCOPE OF WORK

Replacement of an existing irrigation/roadside drainage culvert on the east side of County Road 19 at the intersection of County Road 54G. A northbound right turn lane on County Road 19 at County Road 54G will also be constructed and as a result the signal poles will need to be replaced. 

Project Budget:  $300,000

PROJECT STATUS

The culvert replacement and northbound right turn lane are complete.  The new signal poles have arrived and the City of Fort Collins will install them this winter.

CONTACT:

Clint Jones, Project Manager
(970) 498-5727
Email Clint Jones

Center Turn Lane to be Added to County Road 17

Project No. 317

(Widening of CR 17 from US 287 to CR 16)

Last Updated: November, 2020
 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Widen County Road 17 (Taft Avenue – Loveland) from US Highway 287 to County Road 16 (2.0 miles) to accommodate a two-way center turn lane and six foot wide shoulders.

Project Budget:  $5,000,000 ($2,865,855 federal grant, $1,534,145 county match, $600,000 Berthoud match) - administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

PROJECT STATUS

The General Contractor (Coulson Excavating) is complete with all paving activities throughout the length of the project except for the work around the Consolidated Home Supply Lake Ditch crossing. Reconstruction of the box culvert across the ditch crossing is currently underway. A paved detour has been constructed across the ditch crossing so traffic flow will not be impacted. The reconstruction of the box culvert is anticipated to be completed in December of 2020.

CONTACT

Jake Wilson, Project Manager
(970) 498-5723
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Douglas Road (CR 54) / State Highway 1 Signalization  

Project No. 325

Douglas Road (CR 54) / SH 1 Intersection

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Project includes installation of a traffic signal at the intersection to improve safety.

Project Budget:  $ 550,000

PROJECT STATUS

CDOT awarded the County a Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant in the amount of a total project cost up to $550,000 for the Douglas Road (CR 54) / State Highway 1 Signalization Project.

The County is partnering with the City of Fort Collins on the project.   The County will design and construct the signal improvements. The City will construct, operate, and maintain the signal once it is installed.

Final design is complete, the project will be put out to bid this winter.  Construction is planned for winter/spring of 2020.

CONTACT:

Clint Jones, Project Manager
(970) 498-5727
Email Clint Jones

Shields Street to be Widened Between Willox Lane and Highway 287

Project No. 327

(Widening of CR 17 from Willox Lane to US 287)

Last Updated: December, 2020

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Widen County Road 17 (Shields Street) from just north of Willox Lane to the railroad tracks just south of Highway 287 (0.9 mile) to accommodate six foot wide shoulders and at the north end (0.25 mile +/-) a two-way center turn lane.

Project Budget:  $930,000 ($760,000 federal grant, $170,000 county match – administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

PROJECT STATUS

Preliminary design is complete and the property owner coordination has been underway over the last several months. Environmental impact inspections were completed and are being finalized. Additional site surveys and buried utility investigations have been ongoing over the last several months. Draft right of way plans have been completed to incorporate proposed right of way required for the project. Construction is anticipated in late 2021.

CONTACT

Jake Wilson, Project Manager
(970) 498-5723
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Paved Shoulders to be Constructed on CR 14

Project No. 332

(CR 14 Shoulder Construction)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

SCOPE OF WORK

Construct six-foot-wide paved shoulders on County Road 14 from CR 21 to CR 23.

Project Budget:  $950,000

PROJECT STATUS

Site survey completed.  Preliminary design is complete.  Utility relocation coordination has taken place and some utility relocation will begin in fall of 2020.  Right of Way and Temporary easement acquisition is complete.  Some tree removal is also schedules in December of 2020.  More specifically, a row of trees just east of Freedom Ranch place on the North Side of CR14 will need to be removed to make room for the road widening.  These trees currently reside within Larimer County Right of way. Construction is anticipated TO BEGIN June 2021. 

CONTACT:

Brian O'Donnell, Project Manager
(970) 498-5721
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Masonville Post Office (CR 27) Bridge Replacement

Project No. 333

(Replacement of Bridge No. LR27-0.1-32C over the Buckhorn Creek)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Design of the replacement Masonville Bridge over the Buckhorn Creek is complete. The existing bridge is functionally obsolete and with increase in traffic volumes over the years the narrow bridge has become a safety issue. The County is currently in the process of reviewing and awarding the construction contract.

Project Budget:  $1,750,000

PROJECT STATUS

Award of the construction contract will be happening in January 2021. For further information the following virtual “open house” has been created: https://www.larimer.org/spotlights/2020/06/23/project-no-333-cr-27-masonville-bridge and will be updated as needed.

Construction is expected to start late-January 2021.

CONTACT:

Morgan Fay, Project Manager
(970) 498-5739
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CR 72 Reconstruction and Widening

Project No. 335

(CR 72 Owl Canyon between US Hwy 287 and CR 21)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

The project includes 3 miles of roadway widening, reconstruction, and paving of the existing gravel portions of CR 72 from US Highway 287 to CR 21.  The two-lane roadway will accommodate 8 feet wide paved shoulders matching the previously reconstructed phases to the east of CR 21.  Re-alignment of CR 72 at the US Highway 287 approach is proposed with this phase.  Re-striping of Hwy 287 at the CR 72 intersection is also proposed to allow for an exclusive northbound acceleration and deceleration lane on and off of Hwy 287.

PROJECT STATUS

Larimer County hired an engineering consulting firm, Interwest Consulting Group, in late 2019 to design and prepare construction plans.

Design and right-of-way acquisitions will occur through 2020.  Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021.

The preliminary design can be viewed on the Larimer County website https://www.larimer.org/spotlights/2020/11/05/cr-72-owl-canyon-improvements-between-us-hwy-287-and-cr-21.

Project Budget: $7.5 million is the construction estimate.  The project will be funded entirely by Larimer County.

CONTACT:

Matt Johnson, Project Manager
(970) 498-5724
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County Road 8 and County Road 21 Intersection Improvements

Project No. 336

(CR 8 & CR 21 Intersection)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

SCOPE OF WORK

The current intersection layout at CR8 and CR21 is not ideal and has seen an increase in crashes over the years.  Larimer County would like to analyze the existing conditions and determine the best way to improve the intersection’s safety and efficiency while minimizing impacts on adjacent landowners

PROJECT STATUS

Project startup has begun.  Traffic data and patterns have been analyzed.  Topographic survey is complete.  Alternative designs are being compared and analyzed regarding impacts, efficiency, and cost. .  Geotechnical investigation is complete.  Construction timeline TBD.

CONTACT:

Brian O'Donnell, Project Manager
(970) 498-5721
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Widening of Taft Hill (CR 19) to Urban 5-Lane Road

Project No. 337

(Widening of Taft Hill (CR 19) from Horsetooth (CR40) to Harmony (CR 38E))

Last Updated: Denver, 2020
 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

The scope includes implementation of 4-lane arterial street per Larimer County Urban Area Street Standards to accommodate both significant regional traffic and local traffic, and address safety issues.  Improvements include additional through lanes, auxiliary turn lanes, intersection improvements, curb and gutter, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, median, and storm sewer.  This important regional connection is currently a two-lane (one lane each direction) road with a center turn lane and is experiencing significant congestion, delay, emissions, and safety concerns. 

Project Budget:  $5,380,000 ($3,834,025 federal grant, $1,545,975 local  match,).  The grant is  administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

The project is a partnership between the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County.  We were awarded a Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) for $3,834,025 and will provide a local match of $1,545,975.  The local match is being funded from the Regional Transportation Capital Expansion Fees that the City of Fort Collins collects for Larimer County.

PROJECT STATUS

Preliminary design is underway, with right of way acquisitions occurring in 2021 and construction in 2022 and/or 2023.

CONTACT:

Erich Purcell, Project Manager
(970) 498-5733
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Red Feather Lakes Road Drainage Improvements

Project No. 338

(CR 74E Culvert Replacement)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

SCOPE OF WORK

A 10-ft x 8-ft box culvert will be replaced using a tunnel liner system and a secondary steel pipe will be installed adjacent to it (which requires boring or pipe ramming the new pipe under the roadway).  The concrete box culvert is just east of the Lonepine Trailhead (at the curves with guardrail). The construction contract is in the process of receiving signatures.

Project Budget:  $1,000,000

PROJECT STATUS

Construction is expected to start late-January 2021. Underground Infrastructure Technologies LLC (UIT) has been awarded the work in the amount of $869,425.00.

Impacts to traffic during construction will be minimal except during times of equipment and material deliveries.

CONTACT:

Morgan Fay, Project Manager
(970) 498-5739
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Last County Segment of Poudre River Trail to be Built

Project No. 5025

(Poudre River Trail – CR 32E to Timnath)

Last Updated: December, 2020

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Project startup has begun.  Traffic data and patterns have been analyzed.  Topographic survey is complete.  Alternative designs are being compared and analyzed regarding impacts, efficiency, and cost. .  Geotechnival investigation is complete.  Construction timeline TBD.

PROJECT STATUS

We were successful in getting the GOCO grant and design is underway. Construction is anticipated in 2022.

CONTACT:

Rusty McDaniel, Assistant County Engineer
(970) 498-5730
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Resurfacing of Red Mountain Road (CR 37)

With Improvements at the Switchbacks and Snow Drifting Areas

Project No. 6015

(CR 37 Improvements)

Last Updated: December, 2020

SCOPE OF WORK

The County Road & Bridge Department will place a 6” thickness of gravel road base (treated with a dust suppressant) on Red Mountain Road (County Road 37) from Highway 287 to the state line - to an approximate 26’ width.  At locations where drifting snow has been a persistent problem the road profile will be raised and snow collection side diches excavated.  A strip of land adjacent to the roadway outside the fence lines wasacquired from several property owners on the north end of the project.  

The initially proposed realignment of the road to improve the horizontal alignment at the switchbacks immediately south of the crossing of the South Branch of Boxelder Creek will NOT be included in the work.

Project Budget:  $589,000 ($464,000 ABC, $40,000 ROW, $50,000 Seeding, $35,000 Traffic Control) 

PROJECT STATUS

Construction by County Road & Bridge forces was started in the fall of 2019.  Work was suspended due to weather over the winter months and started back up in early April.  Work occurred for a couple of months and was suspended through the summer. Work has begun again and will continue on and off through the winter and into early summer 2021.

CONTACT

Rusty McDaniel, Assistant County Engineer
(970) 498-5730
Email Rusty McDaniel

Pedestrian Improvements Planned Along 57th Street and Highway 287

Project No. 8096

(Pedestrian Improvements at 57th Street & SH 287)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

SCOPE OF WORK

Larimer County has been awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant for a sidewalk improvement project at the intersection of Highway 287 and E 5th Street.  The project will include approximately 1.3 miles of sidewalk that will provide non-motorized connections along 57th Street east of US 287 and along US 287 to existing bus stops. 

Project Budget:  $1,362,500

PROJECT STATUS

Larimer County has been awarded the TAP grant and the preliminary design is expected to be complete this spring. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022.

CONTACT:

Clint Jones, Project Manager
(970) 498-5727
Email Clint Jones

Buckhorn Road West of CR 27 to be Improved

Project No. 9330

County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) Flood Repair

Last Updated: December, 2020

 

SCOPE OF WORK

From the end of the asphalt west of County Road 27 to Ballard Road (Forest Road 129) the grade of County Road 44H will be raised to pre 2013 flood elevation.  The entire 10.13 mile length will be surfaced with a 6 inch depth of road base.  The road will remain on its present alignment and not impact Buckhorn Creek.  However, the first six culvert crossings of the Buckhorn Creek west of CR  27 will be replaced with concrete box culverts ranging in size from 25’x8’ to 15’x7’.  The existing 84” culvert approximately 0.4 east of Ballard Road will be extended a few feet on each end.

Construction Budget:  Approximately $7,300,000. 

PROJECT STATUS

Final approval for the project was given by FEMA in September.  The project has been advertised for bids, and the bid opening occurred on October 13.  The project has been awarded to Flatiron Constructors and work is anticipated to begin in early 2021 and continue through the fall of 2021.

CONTACT

Rusty McDaniel, Assistant County Engineer
(970) 498-5730
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Big Elk Meadows Road (CR 47) to be Reconstructed

Project No. 9332

(CR 47 Permanent Roadway Flood Repairs)

Last Updated: December, 2020
 

SCOPE OF WORK

The remaining work consists of rebuilding and paving 2 miles of CR 47 including three crossings of the West Fork of the Little Thompson River in lieu of damages caused during September 2013 flooding.  The goal is to re-pave the damaged portions of roadway, asphalt patch and overlay the remaining paved sections within the two miles, construct the road back to the pre-flood elevation, and make the creek crossings more resilient during future high flow events.

Reconstruction/realignment work on County Road 47 from Highway 36 south approximately 900' occurred in 2015.  This portion was managed through a contract with the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFL). Traffic was diverted over the new bridge during the summer of 2015.  Larimer County contracted the paving of the first 900’ and guardrail placement at the new bridge.  This work is complete.

PROJECT STATUS

Aerial surveying of CR 47 was conducted during the Fall of 2014.  Larimer County also hired an engineering consulting firm, Interwest Consulting Group, in 2014 to design and prepare construction plans.  The preliminary design package was submitted to state and federal agencies in May 2017 for review.

Further design of the three permanent creek crossings and roadway improvements was suspended due to an appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Spring 2018 project funding reduction determination and a second scope change request for additional funds.  Larimer County then was in the process of determining what types of repairs and funding will be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA and State agencies.  In mid-2019, FEMA requested that Larimer County resume and advance the design as well as provide an updated cost estimate, both of which were submitted in November 2019 to the State DHSEM Office and FEMA.  FEMA still has yet to officially review this information.  Nonetheless, Larimer County worked in consultation with US Forest Service (USFS) throughout 2020 to finalize the stream crossing designs and received their support for those pending final environmental clearances, and again submitted this information to the State and FEMA for review in August 2020.  Larimer County will be finalizing and submitting environmental evaluations to the appropriate state and federal agencies in early 2021.  The environmental review and approval process may take another 3 to 4 months.

Construction timelines can be better estimated once final plans and documents have been reviewed and approved by state and federal agencies.  Construction will not begin until Summer 2021 at the earliest.

Project Budget: Larimer County is seeking federal (FEMA – 75%) and state (-DHSEM and a HUD Community Block Grant – each 12.5%) reimbursement for the proposed repairs.  Preliminary Project Cost Estimate = $7,500,000; FEMA’s Spring 2018 funding determination only allows approximately $3,000,000.  Larimer County submitted the second scope change request in May 2018 for approximately $6,300,000 to build the road back to pre-flood conditions with new crossings sized to pass the 25-year event.  The November 2019 project estimate is $7,540,000.

CONTACT:

Matt Johnson, Project Manager
(970) 498-5724
Email Matt Johnson