Moraine Avenue Bridge Upgrades
Final design plans will be complete July 12 and a public meeting will be held soon after to present these plans to the interested public. Be watching for a news release!
The Town of Estes Park and consultants at Cornerstone Engineering & Surveying and RockSol Consulting Engineers have completed the preliminary design of upgrades to the Moraine Avenue bridge crossing Fall River. The new bridge would reduce the risk of Fall River overtopping the road and affecting downtown businesses and residents in a future flood event. Pending environmental permitting in spring 2017, construction of the new bridge could tentatively take place fall 2017 through spring 2018.
The bridge design process is expected to be complete by summer 2017. Minor traffic control measures may be necessary during design, but most on-site work will be data collection by survey crews, causing no public disruptions.
The Town and consultant will directly contact the property owners immediately adjacent to the bridge, and expect to hold a public meeting to review preliminary bridge design and potential streetscape elements in early 2017. If the project proceeds to construction, the public will be invited to another meeting to review and provide feedback on construction plans and disruptions. Construction would likely require the closure of Moraine Avenue from Elkhorn Avenue to Rockwell Street sometime during winter 2017-2018; safe access to all businesses would be maintained at all times. This project is unaffiliated with the Downtown Estes Loop, and if both projects were to proceed to construction, there would be no overlap in disruptions.
Design and construction (pending environmental permitting) for the upgrade to the Moraine Avenue bridge are funded by a $2 million Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery from the Colorado Departments of Local Affairs and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. As the owner of U.S. 36/Moraine Avenue, the Colorado Department of Transportation has permitted project design and construction, also pending a final review.
Using all available space, an upgraded Moraine Avenue bridge would significantly increase the capacity to convey floodwater within Fall River. The Moraine Avenue bridge is one of five downtown bridges identified as top priorities for flood mitigation and reducing the size of the future mapped floodplain. Other flood mitigation projects are needed for the downtown area, and the Town continues to diligently research and pursue funding opportunities to implement the projects necessary to help reduce the flood risk for the downtown area.
Periodic project updates will be posted to this page.