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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: February 23, 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


Construction is in full swing. City of Fort Collins crews began work in early December on the installation of a new sewer main running north from just north of Vine to Willox street. In January work on the sewer and several other utility relocations required Shields street to be closed to through traffic. Utility crews are still hard at work clearing the way for the road and bridge improvements.

Duran Excavating will be performing the bridge and road construction for Larimer County. Crews began onsite activities February 2nd. The first pieces of work will be the demolition of the Poudre River bridge and the Arthur Ditch crossing. Construction will then immediately proceed to drilling the deep foundations of the bridge and forming of the abutments.

The County is excited about the start of this project and look for a completion in August.


Ron Winne, Project Manager
(970) 498-5713
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