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APWA Award

Through collaboration and teamwork, Larimer County Engineering and four other jurisdictions were recognized by the Board of Larimer County Commissioners on Nov. 20, 2018 for receiving an award from a professional organization for rebuilding Fish Creek Road in Estes Park, heavily damaged in the 2013 flood.

Larimer County Engineering, the Town of Estes Park, Upper Thompson Sanitation District, Estes Park Recreation District, and HDR Construction received an award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association [APWA] for their completion of the Estes Park Fish Creek Road Project.

The award, in the Disaster and Emergency Recovery for Community Projects Category, was received by the five groups at the APWA conference on October 29, 2018.

The 2013 Flood caused almost $20 million in damage to Fish Creek Road and destroyed sanitary sewer lines and utilities serving over 2,000 residents along the well-traveled road, plus an adjoining trail system.

“It was one of the starkest examples of the damage of the flood. You could see where the sewer manholes were tossed around like a child's toys,” said Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly.

Because of the complex nature and length of reconstruction, the severely damaged road necessitated a partnership be formed by Larimer County and the four groups through an intergovernmental agreement to organize staff, contractors, and consultants to reconstruct the thoroughfare that traverses both Estes Park and Larimer County. The Fish Creek Flood Recovery Project was completed in June 2018.

“It was truly a great example of multiple jurisdictions who worked together,” said Donnelly.

The APWA is a professional, global organization of more than 30,000 members and recognized public works professionals who directly impact the quality of life in the communities they serve. 

Published on: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 1:59pm
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Rusty McDaniel [970] 498.5730,

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