The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and Parks Department have reopened the Poudre Trail between Lincoln Avenue and Lemay Street six weeks earlier than expected.
The trail was closed October 1 for the restoration of a 31-acre river buffer natural area. This property was transferred to the City as part of the Woodward Technology Center development, which will be under construction through 2015.
The 10-foot-wide Poudre trail serves as an important transportation and recreation corridor. Residents are asked to use caution and remain alert on the stretch through the Woodward property, which is an active construction site. Trail users must stay on the trail within the orange construction fencing, which will be strictly enforced for the safety of all.
The City and its contractor, Walsh Construction, made expediting the trail a top priority due to the importance of this segment of the trail to the community. The trail was originally scheduled to open in early May, but work proceeded through tough winter weather, unforeseen soil conditions, and numerous other challenges.
“We are very pleased that the team came together to make this happen,” said Craig Foreman, director of City of Fort Collins Parks Planning.
"This has been a great project and we're proud to open this trail to the public,” said Matthew Walsh of Walsh Construction Inc. “As always, with construction of a project like this, there are going to be hurdles. Collaboration with City of Fort Collins staff, William T. Welch Company, Mortenson and Woodward helped overcome the obstacles and get this great stretch of trail open to the public.”
Updates on the Woodward project are available at fcgov.com/woodward.