A long wait drags on for Buckhorn Canyon road repairs

Buckhorn Canyon resident and flood survivor Hal Braden took it upon himself to repair the road to his house so that he could get in and out following the flood of September 2013. Since that time, he along with other canyon residents, has been waiting for repairs to a 2-mile stretch of road through the Narrows in Buckhorn Canyon which has kept the road impassable for more than a year.

Sept. 3, at a meeting conducted by Larimer County staff, Canyon residents were briefed on progress which will open the road and allow long-awaited access between Masonville and Stove Prairie.

Braden learned that repairs to the Narrows, which began July 1, are due for completion some time in December. The road is being raised approximately 4 feet to make it more flood durable. Braden and other residents pointed out that paving will be a problem during the winter. Residents agreed that for the time being an unpaved road would be acceptable. Various topographical issues in regard to safety have arisen which may affect the completion date.

County Road 44H, the Upper Buckhorn Road, will remain in its current condition (ugly but serviceable according to Braden) until remediation can begin next year.

Braden was disappointed to note that there were more Larimer County representatives at the meeting than there were canyon residents. Perhaps they have become weary of waiting.

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