Expect delays up Poudre Canyon as mudslide mitigation work begins

5:36 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The Colorado Department of Transportation is spending more than $2 million along the Poudre Canyon, northwest of Fort Collins, to prevent mudslides after last summer's High Park Fire.

The plan is to build six new culverts, which provide drainage under the highway to the river.

The existing culverts are not designed for a burn area and keep getting clogged after heavy rain, according to Justin Pipe, the project manager with CDOT.

He says once the culverts get clogged, the runoff has nowhere to go and ends up on the roads.

"It'll be larger in order to handle the increase in mud flow, flash floods and rocks," Pipe said.

Construction, which will go through January, will cause travel delays along Highway 14.

"We'll be reducing State Highway 14 down to one lane for seven days a week 24 hours at a time," Pipe said.

A public meeting for those interested in asking CDOT questions is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Poudre Park Community Center.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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