The City of Fort Collins has many projects along the Cache La Poudre River that will cause trail closures and construction in 2013 and beyond. These projects will ultimately create a healthier river environment and benefit the community. Learn more below.
Trail Closures Along the Poudre River Corridor: Sep 26, 2013
Poudre Trail view closure details
POSTED: Friday, Dec 13: The underpass of Prospect Road along the Poudre Trail will be closed starting Wednesday, December 18th for Stormwater Utility maintenance activities. The work is expected to take one week to complete and is weather dependent. Trail users will have to detour west to Prospect Parkway to cross Prospect Road.
POSTED: Friday, Dec 20: The Poudre River is still running too high for the work in the river for the rip rap project, the sanitary sewer line project, and the Vine Outfall project. The planned work in the river has been postponed to January or February depending on the river/weather.
The section of Poudre Trail from Lincoln Ave to Lemay Ave will be closed starting Tuesday, October 1 due to the Woodward Project. The detour will utilize bike lanes along Lemay Ave and Lincoln Ave. This closure/detour is expected to last until spring 2014.
A minor detour is still in place from the flood:
North Shields Ponds :
The eastern pond's north side trail, and the western pond's south side trail are closed due to a restoration project that is underway. Trails will be re-opened after the project. Questions? Contact Rick Bachand, 970-416-2183.
- All other trails are open! Enjoy your river corridor!
Work will create an open stream corridor for flood mitigation and wildlife habitat as outlined in the West Vine Basin Master Plan. From now until spring 2014, portions of the Poudre Trail will be closed for tree removal, construction and excavation work. Learn more at fcgov.com/west-vine-outfall
The City is in the midst of a master plan process to design improvements to the river corridor from Shields Street to Mulberry. Potential improvements include: in-river and bankside recreation, habitat connectivity restoration and rehabilitation, bank protection, flood control, water quality, public safety and access, and transportation in and adjacent to the Poudre River from Shields Street to Lincoln Street. There will be extensive public outreach and engagement opportunities. Learn more >>>
The City is committed to minimizing trail closures caused by Poudre River Projects, however some closures are unavoidable. Here is a summary of upcoming Poudre Trail closures:
- Now- March 2014 Earth moving work on the former Link-N-Greens site, Woodward Technology Center has closed the trail between Lincoln St. and Mulberry St. Trail users should travel east on Lincoln to Lemay and then south to Mulberry to join with the Poudre Trail.
- Portions of North Shields Ponds Natural Area and its trails are closed during restoration of the western pond and river bank until spring 2014.
- The Poudre Trail will be closed west of Shields Street for Vine Drive Outfall Project work. The closure is expected from Nov 20 to spring 2014. The detour will use Taft Hill Rd to Vine Drive then east to Wood St, to Elm St and to The Farm and the Poudre Trail.
- The Poudre Trail will be closed just upstream of the north end of Wood Street for rip rap repair. The trail will be closed for about 1 month. A detour will be provided.
- The Poudre Trail will be temporarily rerouted during the replacement of the Mulberry Street/Hwy 14 bridge by CDOT. Trail users will need to cross at the Lemay/Mulberry intersection.
- The Poudre Trail underpass under Shields Street will be closed while the Shields Street bridge is replaced. The detour will use Taft Hill Rd to Vine Drive then east to Wood St, to Elm St and to The Farm and the Poudre Trail.
Breweries, Colorado Water Trust Partner to Support City's Poudre River Restoration
The Cache la Poudre River has been called the heart of Fort Collins, and the City of Fort Collins has been focusing on improving the river’s health. A healthyworking river is also key for another Fort Collins staple…beer! Local breweries and the Colorado Water Trust have come together to support a restoration project and the removal of the Josh Ames Diversion Dam at North Shields Ponds Natural Area. In addition to a $300,000 grant from Colorado Water Trust, Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Pateros Creek Brewery, and Funkwerks Brewery, are contributing nearly $37,000 in matching dollars. Learn more >>>
Ecological restoration work at McMurry and North Shields Ponds natural areas will remove unnatural debris from the riverbank, physically lower it and transform it with native shrubs, and trees. The physical lowering of the riverbank will permit higher river flows to safely spill onto adjacent low-lying areas within the natural areas. This will revitalize, invigorate, and mimic the natural and historic interaction between the river and its floodplain. The abandoned Ames diversion structure will be removed in to permit fish passage, reduce downstream “dry-up”, and improve river-based recreation such as fishing and floating.
The Natural Areas Department is sponsoring or collaborating on many projects along the Cache la Poudre River in 2013 and beyond. This brochure highlights challenges and opportunities, the department's goals and describes 7 projects.
Open house poster includes information about:
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Collaborative Fire Studies
- Early Warning System
- Fire Effects Mitigation
Contact Jill Oropeza, City of Fort Collins Water Resources & Treatment Services to learn more,
Shields Street Bridge (PDF)
At Shields Street and the Poudre River, the road will be widened to improve safety, the bridge will be replaced, pedestrian and bike access will be improved and a safe trail parking area will be installed.Learn more >>>
Learn about proposed or under construction developments along the Poudre River and key information about the Poudre River Buffer Standards contained in the City of Fort Collins Land Use Code.
The River District Design Standards project will identify, evaluate and implement measures to achieve high quality design and preserve/promote the unique character of the River District's built environment.
There are 66 streamflow and precipitation gages in Fort Collins to keep residents informed. You can view real-time data about your area and across the community. Learn more >>>
Water Supply and Storage
Arapaho Bend Trailhead
Arapaho Bend Natural Area, already a popular fishing and birding site, is on its way to becoming the eastern gateway to the Poudre Trail. There will be a new parking lot, a segment of concrete trail, and an I-25 pedestrian overpass linking Timnath’s trail to the Fort Collins trail system.
The Natural Areas Department is improving understanding of the urban stretch of the Poudre River by creating an interdisciplinary ecological model. The Ecological Response Model (ERM) is based on a wealth of expert scientific knowledge combined with local data. Preliminary results indicate that current flows, which reflect withdrawals for municipal and agricultural uses, are approaching the low end of flow thresholds that matter for scouring algae and for aquatic habitat and channel maintenance. The ERM will foster a more informed dialog with a broad audience of stakeholders about the current and anticipated use and condition of the river. Learn more >>>