July 24: Cedar Cove Construction Updates

The Big Thompson Watershed Coalition is very happy to say that the project team is gearing up to start construction of the Cedar Cove river improvements later this month.

Project Overview

The river project is funded through federal and state funds (Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), and Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) CDBG-DR funds) that the Coalition secured. The project was designed by the Coalition’s project consultant, Stantec, and includes the input of the private property owners obtained through the public meetings that were a key part of the design process in 2016. The project is a partnership with CDOT and will be constructed by CDOT’s contractor team.

As we gear up for construction on the river, please keep the following in mind:

  • Construction Schedule – the project team will start doing some supplemental surveying and equipment mobilization (surveying is estimated to occur on 7/26/17 and equipment moved in on 7/31/17), and will start construction shortly thereafter. There will be higher than normal flows through the Big Thompson this summer and fall, due to a Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Water project to fix part of the C-BT (Colorado Big Thompson Project) water infrastructure system. As a result, flows that normally are diverted around the river in the C-BT system will pass through the Big Thompson this summer and fall. This means that our river improvement project will at first focus construction on the overbank work that is above the high water line. When flows come down this Fall (estimated in October), the team will complete all in-channel river work. Construction is anticipated to be complete by November 2017.
  • Construction is anticipated to occur between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm. Initially, the project team expects to work 5 days per week. As the project proceeds in the Fall, the team may need to work weekends to ensure the project is completed. We will keep you posted if there are changes to the construction schedule that warrant weekend work.
  • Communication During Construction – Both the design team (Stantec) and Coalition will be on site periodically during construction to ensure that the project is constructed as the design was intended. We ask that if you have any questions, comments or concerns during construction that you bring them to the immediate attention of the Coalition (shayna.jones@bigthompson.co, or 970-800-1126) or Randy Walsh at Stantec (randy.walsh@stantec.com, or 970-658-6766) rather than trying to address them with the on-site team, as we are the primary contacts for all aspects of the river project.
  • Planting will occur as in-channel work is completed in October and November. Once plants are installed, we are hoping that those landowners in the project area who are able to do so will help steward and care for the plants and other project improvements. Stay tuned as we progress with construction for a “Cedar Cove River Stewardship Guide,” that the Coalition will draft and share with you.
  • Temporary Construction Easements – Everyone who has property that will be used for access for the river improvements or has property where river improvements will be directly constructed has been contacted by CDOT. Your temporary easements with CDOT, which allow construction to proceed on the river project, should be in place. If you have questions about anything related to the easements, please contact the CDOT right of way consultants you worked with on that process. If you are not sure who you worked with through the CDOT Right of Way process, please contact at CDOT at 970-350-2175 or email benjamin.rowles@state.co.us.

Thanks for your support and participation in the Cedar Cove river improvement project!

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