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Flood repairs close Recreation Trail from Wilson to Taft

Multiple project tasks will be completed by late May

Post Date:12/13/2016 2:06 PM

Contact:   Marilyn Hilgenberg, 962-2443

Long-awaited repairs to the Recreation Trail and adjacent portions of the Big Thompson River corridor are underway between Wilson and Taft avenues, work that requires closure of the mile-long zone through late May.

Long delays in securing funds and environmental approvals for the work to repair damage from the September 2013 flood had pushed the project to this winter, taking advantage of low river flows.

The project managed by the City of Loveland Stormwater Utility includes replacement of the pedestrian bridge just downstream from Wilson Avenue that had been picked up and carried downriver during the flood. Other project features include:

  • Repair and realignment of several sections of the concrete pedestrian trail between Wilson and Taft Avenue and construction of a trail connection to the west sidewalk on Taft Avenue;

  • Repairs, utility line protection, trail realignment, flood-hazard reduction, and erosion protection north of the Cottonwood Meadows Subdivision in an area heavily scoured by floodwaters;

  • Work to repair three damaged storm sewer outfalls;

  • Repair and restoration of a stormwater quality treatment pond.

“We know, because we hear, that people are keenly interested in this work,” Loveland Open Lands and Trails Manager Marilyn Hilgenberg said. “They have been waiting very patiently for years for this project to move forward. We are excited to get to work and to have permanent improvements completed within the next five months.”

The combined projects will cost $928,517, with 71 percent of the total coming through FEMA reimbursement. Other fund sources include City of Loveland funds and partial reimbursement from the State of Colorado.

Construction is scheduled for completion by late May 2017. The winter closure ensures a safe work zone on the Recreation Trail and throughout the river corridor from Wilson to Taft avenues, including the Wilson Avenue parking area adjacent to the bridge. Specific questions about the work should be directed to project manager Chris Carlson at (970) 962-2774 or by email at We seek the public’s cooperation in complying with the closure until work is concluded.

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