The new access road to those future recreation and open space facilities runs south off Larimer County Road 18E, up to the west side of the reservoir. The new bridge – made up of 14 concrete sections that each weigh 52,000 pounds – was manufactured off-site by ConTech Engineered Solutions. Sterling Crane, the subcontractor hired by Barnard Construction Co. Inc., safely set and installed the bridge in one day, demonstrating well planned and executed construction. In addition, the intersection of the new access road and LCR 18E will be upgraded to include dedicated turn and merge lanes to improve safety and reduce local traffic impacts.
The C-BT Project’s Bald Mountain Penstocks the new bridge crosses have been a fixture in the Chimney Hollow valley for decades, delivering supplemental water to more than 600,000 acres of irrigated farmland and more than 1 million C-BT and Windy Gap Project water users in Northeastern Colorado.