By Theresa Rose
In late February, city crews will begin the installation of improvements to the Mulberry Riverside Drainage and the Cowan/Myrtle waterline. Part of the construction will include an outfall structure near the Springer Natural Area. Crews will need to remove trees and shrubs for an access road to the area where the outfall structure will be built. According to Jason Stutzman, Senior Project Manager at City of Fort Collins Utilities, “The project is being referred to as the Mulberry Riverside project but the actual construction will be centered on the streets of Cowan and Myrtle.”
The project will address drainage problems and reduce flood potential by providing a new storm sewer and inlets to facilitate local drainage. The line to be replaced is a 4-inch cast iron waterline and will be replaced by 1000 feet of 8 inch PVC waterline. Andrew Gingerich, Special Projects Manager, estimates the old pipe as dating back to 1925, based on property records and maps from the 1930s. Access work will involve digging and trenching, and crews will provide access for residents. Construction will begin in May and is expected to be completed at the end of the summer. Should there be any temporary shutoffs, residents will be notified in advance.
Improvements will include the extension of storm sewers in Cowan and Myrtle streets, new inlets along Cowan and Myrtle, new manholes, and improved outfall into the pond at Springer Natural Area. The landscape will be restored at the natural area near the outfall.