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Project Number 301
(Replacement of Bridge No. 17-0.5-48 over the Poudre River & Road Reconstruction of N Shields from the Arthur Ditch to Willox Lane)

Last Updated: January 15, 2015


North Shields (County Road 17) is a major arterial connection between Fort Collins and northern portions of unincorporated Larimer County. It is often utilized by regional traffic from / to US 287. The corridor is also a major access point for the regional Poudre River Trail.

This narrow, 2-lane roadway carries more than 9,000 vehicles per day without turn lanes for accesses, adequate shoulders, bike lanes, or pedestrian facilities. The access to the Poudre River Trail is ill-defined without dedicated parking or bike/pedestrian facilities. There are more than 30 access points along the corridor in less than one mile. There have been 21 crashes in the corridor in the last 5 years, including 4 in 2010. The project goal is to separate the various modes of travel (vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians) and provide a refuge for turning vehicles. The details of the improvements have not yet been identified.

Larimer County has applied for and received three federal grants to make improvements to this segment of North Shields. One grant is to replace the bridge over the Poudre River, another is to make improvements to Shields Street between the Arthur Ditch and Willox Lane and the third is to provide an area for a trailhead/parking area for the Poudre River Trail. Further information on this project can be found on the project web page.

Project Budget: $7,100,000


The first open house was held on June 16, 2011 for interested citizens to learn more about the project and ask questions and/or offer suggestions. Interwest Consulting Group was selected for the design of the project. The second open house to discuss design options was held on August 8, 2012.

Final design and right of way acquisition on the project are complete. Utility work is scheduled to begin in December, 2014 with construction of a new City sanitary sewer line across the river downstream of the bridge. Shields St. will be closed to through traffic beginning January 5, 2015 for the City sanitary sewer work and other utility relocations in the street. Bridge replacement work will begin in February 2015 with roadway reconstruction following in the spring and lasting through July, 2015.

A final open house meeting to explain the project was held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The construction contract has been awarded to Duran Excavating Inc for $5,814,028.80.


Ron Winne, Project Manager
(970) 498-5713
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