CDOT awards $447,890 to help repair and improve flood-damaged sections of the Poudre Trail
November 18, 2016
With the help of special funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Weld County will join with the city of Greeley and town of Windsor to repair a flood damaged section of the Poudre Trail.
Three years ago, the 2013 flood wreaked havoc on houses, streets and trails around northern Colorado. Some damage still hasn't been repaired.
Friday morning, Weld County announced CDOT selected the county to receive $447,890 in Transportation Alternatives Program funding to repair damage along the Poudre Trail caused by the 2013 flood.
Funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program gets awarded to projects designed to implement or enhance means of alternative, non-driver public transportation — including bike paths or recreational trails. Only after prospective projects go through a scored reviewed process can they be granted program funding, stated a news release from Weld County
“This award will not only move us closer to full recovery, but will also allow us to restore this beautiful trail for generations of future use.” Mike FreemanBoard of Weld County Commissions Chairman
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"We know the trail is an important amenity in our community," said Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez. "(This work) is a positive step to ensure connectivity and that everybody will continue to have access and make that work."
Greeley, Windsor and Weld County officials agreed to collectively match the $447,890 in Transportation Alternatives Program — splitting the matching evenly between the local governments — to reach a total $895,780 for work on the trail, according to the release.
"We're always fortunate when we can get funding like this, to help us pay for that. It always goes a long way (toward) making our projects viable for everybody involved," Melendez said. "We all think of ourselves as equal partners in this."
The work would address a damaged section of trail about 200 feet long at the southeast corner of Windsor where the trail runs near Weld County Road 23. This work paid for by the local governments and the Transportation Alternatives Program funding will include repairs and improvements to make the area more resilient to weather and flood damage, according to the release.
"The flooding of 2013 hit Weld County hard, but due to our repair efforts, we've nearly put it entirely behind us," said Board of Weld County Commissions Chairman Mike Freeman. "This award will not only move us closer to full recovery, but will also allow us to restore this beautiful trail for generations of future use."
Slated to begin after the Transportation Alternatives Program becomes available after July, Weld County officials will work with the department of transportation to oversee the contacting and work on the trail.
"We've had folks for a while now asking us 'when are we going to get that fixed?' " Melendez said. "So I'm happy to see that is going to move forward and I know a lot of folks who use that trail are going to be happy that's getting done."