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News Release

Larimer County to Discontinue Detour Efforts on CR27 and Focus on Permanent Repairs

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 20, 2014

Contact Information:

Board of Larimer County Commissioners, 970-498-7010, bocc@larimer.org
Charlie Johnson, County Land Agent, 970-498-5725, cjohnson@larimer.org
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today approved (3-0) a recommendation from County Public Works to discontinue efforts on building a temporary detour on CR27at the ‘Narrows’ and focus on permanent repairs. The recommendation came as County Officials were not able to secure cooperation from landowners to build the detour. A dispute regarding the status of public right-of-way was at the center of the issue. Untimely delays would put  FEMA reimbursement at risk and County officials did not want a court case which would likely cause further delays resulting in only a few weeks use on the detour.

 
Larimer County will now focus on permanent repairs for County Road 27 at the Narrows. Due to extensive flood damage from the 2013 floods, this is one of the last roads to remain closed and is inconvenient for citizens traveling north-south between the Poudre River and Loveland. Citizens of the Buckhorn Canyon have been especially inconvenienced and have asked for a detour and the County tried to comply.
 
In April the Commissioners directed Public Works and Engineering to bring back construction bids on a detour project and work with the landowners. Commissioner Lew Gaiter III appreciated the work of staff, “I commend the staff on their efforts given the short time frame. We really worked hard to try and make this work for the citizens of the area. I’m disappointed we were unable to complete this project for the community.”       

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Comments: (2)

1. Posted by: *craig.bastian.10 on May 23, 2014 1:21 PM

I think most of the repair work has been great, really hard work! I can't believe that nothing was done all winter to secure right-of-way until April. Any estimates on when this section of road will reopen?

2. Posted by: DeniLaRueCIM on May 27, 2014 12:27 PM

#1 - right of way could not be secured until the design of the road sections were completed. As soon as the design was completed we began the right of way acquisition process. #2 - we are shooting to have the road reopened to traffic by early December. There will likely be continued work on the project through the winter and paving next spring. Again, our goal is to have the road reopened to traffic by early December even though the project will not be entirely completed.

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