High Park Fire Burn Zone Culverts Replacement Project

Project Background

The High Park Fire greatly altered the landscape surrounding State Highway (SH) 14 from Ted’s Place throughthe Poudre Canyon, and will impact the area for years to come. With less vegetation to stabilize debris on the hillsides, it is highly likely that mudslides, rockfall, and washouts will continue to impact SH 14, especially during severe weather, for the next several years. To better accommodate flood flows for the years to come, the CDOT is replacing several culverts along SH 14 in the coming months, which will help prevent the loss of the roadway, keep motorists safer, and prevent future highway closures during inclement weather

Project Description

Crews will six replace culverts in the Poudre Canyon on SH 14 throughout the High Park Fire burn zone, as existing culverts are ineffective in the event of washouts or mudslides. Additionally, crews will remove fallen trees and debris before it has a chance to come down the hillside, thereby preventing future CDOT maintenance emergencies.

American Civil Constructors is the contractor for this $2.35 million project.

Project Timeline

This project will begin in September 2013 and will finish by early February 2014. In mid- to late-August 2013, a public meeting will be held to educate residents, travelers, and other stakeholders about more specific project details, highway impacts, and more. Please sign up at right to receive project email updates!

Joint Effort to Rehabilitate Area

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team was created to coordinate maintenance for SH 14 as it recovers from the fire in the next three to five years. The BAER team consists of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service (, Larimer County (, and the National Resources Conservation Service ( These entities will continue to work together to assess the damage to the area and to find potential solutions.

Along with CDOT’s efforts to implement rockfall mitigation and construct larger culverts, other members of the BAER team began aerial mulching last year and efforts are still underway. The locations for the mulch have been identified as having the highest impact to the drinking water supply.

Project Contacts

Justin Pipe
Colorado Dept of Transportation
Project Engineer

Media Contact:
Ashley Mohr
Colorado Dept of Transportation
Communications Office

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