City staff and contractors are beginning preparations for infrastructure improvements along Lincoln Avenue. This will include utility upgrades/relocations, a new center turn lane and pedestrian connectivity enhancements. The week of November 10 marks the start of this work as part of the Woodward Technology Center project Downtown improvements.
As part of the project, 54 trees along the southern edge of Lincoln need to be removed because they are hazardous, are of poor quality, non-native species or will be impacted by the work planned along Lincoln. The City Forestry office has assessed the trees and assisted Woodward’s contractors with mitigation plans. Trees that are being removed are too large to transplant.
CDOT will begin the eastbound Colo. 14 detour across Mulberry Bridge between Riverside and Lemay avenues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Stay up to date on this long-term project to reconstruct the bridge and any route changes at http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/SH14PoudreRiver.
Woodward Buildings Under Construction
Have you been by the Woodward site lately? After a year of site preparation, buildings are starting to go vertical. The foundation has been poured for the first building.
In other news: The Poudre Trail through the Woodward site is now OPEN. As always, please use caution and be prepared to use alternate routes and obey all barricades and detours along the Poudre Trail as they are in place for your safety.
UPDATE: The Lincoln closure has extended until Wednesday, August 13, weather permitting.
Lincoln Avenue between Third Street and the Lemay Avenue intersection will be closed for two days starting Monday, July 28 at 7 a.m. as crews start electric utilities connection work. Lemay Avenue will remain open to traffic over the duration of construction, although lane restrictions will be in place. Southbound vehicular traffic will be reduced to one lane of traffic.
Lincoln Avenue will be closed at 824 E. Lincoln starting Monday June 30th at 7 a.m. for three to four days to connect the Woodward Technology Center site to City of Fort Collins utility services.
Limited access to businesses and residences will be available on the respective sides of the 824 E. Lincoln closure. Please follow detour signs. Pedestrians and bicycle connectivity will be allowed. Please observe and obey all traffic control signage and construction personnel.
Lane Closures Coming on Lincoln, Lemay
Construction updates on the Woodward Technology Center campus Downtown:
- Utilities work will begin within the next few weeks on the Woodward site, which is likely to result in some temporary lane closures on Lincoln and Lemay avenues. Additional road improvements are scheduled to occur in August. Check back here for more details.
- Under the current schedule, construction is likely to begin in mid-July on the foundation for the first Woodward building.
- The Poudre Trail between Lincoln Avenue and Mulberry Street remains closed until flood waters recede and the trail can be assessed for any needed repairs. Please obey all posted warnings.
- On May 20, the City Council adopted the Lincoln Corridor Plan to add to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan, separate from the Woodward project, features a long-term plan for corridor improvements.
Woodward to Host Open House April 3
Woodward, Mortenson Construction and the City of Fort Collins will host an open house to update the public on construction progress on the 101-acre Woodward Technology Center campus in Downtown Fort Collins. The open house will be 4:30-7 p.m., Thursday April 3 at the City Streets facility, 625 Ninth St.
Poudre Trail Open Lincoln to Lemay, Caution Urged
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.
Starting in late January, crews began relocating a Platte River Power Authority transmission line for the Woodward Technology Center construction project. This phase of the project should be completed in mid-April, weather permitting. Power is not anticipated to be affected while the work is occurring.
The line, which currently runs diagonally from northeast to southwest, will be relocated from nine existing towers to seven new ones along Lemay Avenue, extending across Mulberry Street and reconnecting to the current alignment south of the Poudre River. Work is expected to occur Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to dark, through mid-April, weather permitting.
The project is about one week ahead of schedule as of March 14. All of the old transmission towers have been removed and stringing of conductor on the new towers is 95% complete. Platte River plans to re-energize the transmission lines and demobilize most construction
equipment during the week of March 17-21.
Read more about the project.
Building demolition occurring in December
Demolition began this month on the few non-historic buildings on the Woodward construction site including the Fisher barn.
The Coy-Hoffman barn and two silos and small brick milkhouse will remain on the site because they are part of the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The other non-historic buildings will come down.
Materials from the demolished buildings will be reused in the Woodward project; the materials are not available to the public.
Truck Traffic to Continue Six Days a Week through February
With the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, trucks will continue to move 200,000 cubic yards of dirt onto the site of the Woodward Technology Campus in Downtown Fort Collins Monday through Saturdays through February.
Woodward’s contractor, Mortenson Construction, is raising the site out of the 500-year floodplain before building construction begins.
As many as 200 trucks a day will enter and exit the site from the southbound lanes of Lemay Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Magnolia Street. The trucks will take the following path to avoid clogging up the major intersection of Lemay Avenue and Mulberry Street:
See truck route map.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Woodward Project
How long will construction last? Will roads close? What's the first building that will be constructed? Have questions about the Woodward project? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed!
Free mulch from the site of the Woodward Technology Center campus is now available on a first-come, first-served basis at the City’s Streets Crushing Operations at 1380 Hoffman Mill Road courtesy of Mortenson Construction.
About 750 cubic yards of mulch – roughly 30 semi-truckloads - will be available to the public at no charge. Mulch will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until it is all gone. There is no limit on how much you can take – if you can haul it, you can have it. Notice will be posted at fcgov.com/woodward when supplies are depleted.
Check out the City's YouTube channel for a general overview of the Woodward Technology Center project. The video captured the public open house held in July 2013.
Construction Schedule for Woodward Project
Mortenson Construction recently began site work to build Woodward’s new corporate headquarters on the former Link-N-Greens golf course west of Lemay Avenue between Mulberry Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Floodwaters only briefly stopped work on the site in Downtown Fort Collins where crews are working to remove trees, while preserving as many as possible for the neighborhood. Additionally, by mid-October, as many as 200 trucks a day will begin moving 200,000 cubic yards of dirt onto the site so Woodward can raise its buildings out of the 500-year floodplain. The main truck entrance to the site will be on Lemay Avenue about 500 yards south of the intersection with Lincoln Avenue.
The major construction milestones are:
- Part of the Poudre Trail that borders the Woodward site will close in early October in preparation for the City’s river restoration project.
- Lot preparation begins
First Quarter 2014
- Work will begin to relocate transmission lines.
- Poudre Trail scheduled to reopen
- Some lane shifts on Lemay and Lincoln avenues could begin to occur; full closures are not expected.
Poudre Trail Closure, Lincoln to Lemay
The Poudre Trail between Lincoln Street and Lemay Street will be closed from October 1 until spring 2014 for work associated with developing the former Link-N-Greens site into the Woodward Technology Center. The City is committed to minimizing trail closures, however unfortunately, this closure is unavoidable. The Woodward project includes grading and restoration of a 31-acre river buffer natural area that will be transferred to the City. The project also includes reconstruction of the Poudre Trail through the new natural area.
The underpasses under Mulberry and Lemay will remain open until January when the Mulberry Bridge is expected to be replaced by Colorado Department of Transportation. The detour route for the Woodward project closure is Lincoln Street to Lemay Street. All trail users are asked to please follow detour signs and respect the closure for safety. Signs warning trail users are being installed soon and the closure will be in effect on October 1.