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Resilient St. Vrain: Restore & Revitalize

This blog shares everything from in-depth articles about the project to interesting photos of work zones. With a project as extensive as Resilient St. Vrain, something is always happening. Follow along as we build a Resilient St. Vrain!

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A Busy Year Ahead: 2019 Preview

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by Jennifer Loper12/26/2018 2:00 PM
Updated: 02/06/2019

Resilient St Vrain City Reach 2A Mature Vegetation Post-Construction

The new year brings continued earthwork and construction in City Reach 2A, with completion of the retaining walls anticipated by spring and excavation work done by summer. If the weather cooperates, this reach extending from Main to just west of South Pratt is anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.

The design of Dickens Farm Nature Area is complete and project work is planned for the first half of 2019. Located along the St. Vrain Creek between Main and Martin Streets, the nature area will include sections for novice bike skill practice, nature discovery, and passive recreation, along with shelters, restroom and both a parking lot and nearby on-street parking. Spring runoff season is anticipated to bring the start of the area’s in-creek recreation opportunities, such as tubing. Read more about how the area will serve the community once complete >

Resilient St Vrain City Reach 2B Mature Vegetation Post-Construction RSVP City Reach 2B is currently in the final design stages, with construction anticipated to begin in mid-2019 and last approximately 12-15 months. This reach extends from the edge of City Reach 2A (west of South Pratt) to the BNSF Railroad Bridge (near Price Road). Work in this reach will include retaining walls for flood protection in this developed area and clearing of flood-damaged trees and overgrown vegetation to increase safe flows of water during flooding.

The BNSF Railroad Bridge that crosses over the St. Vrain Greenway trail near Price Road will also be removed and replaced with a longer, wider structure. (During the 2013 flood, this narrow railroad overpass was a major choke point for floodwaters.)

St Vrain Greenway trail detour map

Closure of a 1-mile segment of the St. Vrain Greenway trail from Main Street west to Boston Avenue will be required during work on City Reach 2B. A 1.5-mile, on-street detour has been developed to help users navigate around the area. Watch for notification when this detour goes into effect, anticipated for early to mid-2019. View a map of the detour route >

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continues to evaluate options for an RSVP section that it could complete as part of a $15 million project under its 205 program. Watch for a public meeting next year to view the findings and offer feedback. Learn more about the progress on the USACE feasibility study >

Future Work: 2020 and beyond

RSVP sections further upstream are moving forward as well.

  • Izaak Walton Reach 1, which extends from the BNSF Bridge to Boston Avenue, is in final design phase, with construction anticipated for 2020.
  • Replacing the Boston Avenue Bridge with a new bridge that can safely pass 100-year flood flows is anticipated for 2021. Design work for that project is slated to begin in 2019.
  • Izaak Walton Reach 2, from Boston Avenue to the Fairgrounds Pond at Roger’s Grove, is currently planned for design work in 2019-2020, followed by construction in 2021-2022.

Keep up with RSVP happenings by subscribing to our quarterly newsletter, the Resilient St. Vrain Roundup.

  1. Updated: 04/16/2019
  2. Updated: 02/06/2019

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