Sept. 28, 2016 - Two separate Denver Water excavation projects in Grand County are expected to cause traffic impacts on National Forest System Road 128, also known as Water Board Road, during the week of Oct. 3.
Road closures for the Meadow Creek Water Collection System assessment study:
- Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. until noon.
- The south end of NFSR 128 will be closed between Little Cabin Creek and Ranch Creek.
- Access along NFSR 128 will only be available from the north end during this closure.
- No detour options from the south end of NFSR 128 during this closure.
Road closures for the Jim Creek siphon assessment study:
- Monday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 7.
- NFSR 128 will be closed about a half-mile west of the Jim Creek Trailhead, at the north end of the Jim Creek siphon.
- Clearly marked detours to the Jim Creek Trailhead will be in place during the closure.
Construction crews will be active at other points along NFSR 128 throughout the week that could cause minor traffic delays, however, no other road closures are scheduled during these assessments.
The Meadow Creek Water Collection System assessment includes excavating six locations along NFSR 128 between Ranch Creek and NFSR 129, which leads to Meadow Creek Reservoir, to allow engineers to visually inspect a pipeline that runs along the road. Over the last several years, there has been evidence that this pipeline is leaking in numerous locations. Once assessed, Denver Water can determine the appropriate steps to ensure the integrity and condition of the pipe.
The Jim Creek siphon assessment includes excavations in two areas — on the northern and southern extents — where the pipe is buried, so engineers can visually inspect those portions of the pipe. While there is no indication of leaks, a visual inspection is necessary to determine the condition of the pipe underground.