For Immediate Release March 21, 2014
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Airport Road to Get Concrete Barriers as Precaution for Spring Runoff
March 21, 2014 - As part of the City of Longmont’s precautions and preparations for runoff this spring, a temporary wall of concrete barriers will be installed along Airport Road. The barrier wall will begin north of 9th Avenue and continue north along Airport Road to just south of Mountain View Avenue.
The City and Boulder County are working together to complete repairs in the area west of Airport Road to greatly minimize the chance that St. Vrain Creek spring flows could break channel banks and spill into surrounding neighborhoods. The barrier wall along Airport Road is an extra precaution on top of ongoing channel repair work. It is intended to serve as a water dispersion tool, so that if water is headed towards neighborhoods east of Airport Road, it will be redirected south to St. Vrain Creek along the roadway.
Installation of the concrete barriers will begin on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. During installation, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction along Airport Road within the construction zone. Complete installation is anticipated to take several days. Traffic control devices will be set up each day at 8 a.m. and will remain in place until 3 p.m.
Once in place, the barrier wall will prohibit vehicle access to Twin Peaks Circle from southbound Airport Road. Additionally, vehicles will not be able to turn south on Airport Road when exiting from Twin Peaks Circle. In these cases, vehicles will be detoured to enter and exit Twin Peaks Circle via Mountain View Avenue.
The barriers will be removed once the threat from spring runoff has passed, likely in late summer. For more information on flood repairs, including news and activities related to spring runoff, visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/flood-info.
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