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 two weeks ahead of schedule as of February 28. All of the new transmission towers have been erected, and five of the nine old towers have been removed. A contractor will string conductor on the new towers Monday, March 3 through Wednesday March 5. Traffic control will be in place at Mulberry and Lemay in both directions on Monday and Tuesday to accommodate the work.
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
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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.