Design and Construction Program Notes
By David W. Lloyd, P.E., Chief, Design and Construction Program
The year 2003 saw the District's Design and Construction Program committing over $7.4 million to design and construction projects throughout the Denver Metropolitan area. The Capital Program still maintains some 90+ projects in the process of design, obtaining lands and easements, or construction.
Noteworthy this past year was the bidding of the Van Bibber Creek Flood Control Project by the Corps of Engineers. This $14.2 million flood control project was awarded in October by the Corps to Arapahoe Utilities and Infrastructure, Inc. of Englewood. Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled to take place on January 5, 2004 with completion tentatively set for the spring of 2006. This project has been in the planning and design phases since the mid-1980s and is now finally coming to fruition. The City of Arvada is the Local Project Sponsor for the construction portion of the project. The District and City will ultimately contribute over $7.2 million in lands, easements, utility relocations and cash toward this long awaited drainage and flood control project. Completion of this project will remove several homes and businesses from the 100-year floodplain of Van Bibber Creek primarily in the area between Kipling and Garrison Streets along West 58th Avenue.
A more recent effort in the City and County of Denver saw the selection of five engineering consultants for the design of improvements to five separate outfall systems in Denver. Even though the District does not have any funding identified for the design of these improvements, we do have monies designated in future years for the construction of improvements to the Montclair Outfall, University/Mexico Outfall, Globeville Outfall, Harvard Gulch Outfall, and the 27th and Federal Outfall. Denver has well over $100 million in bond money designated for these projects. The District looks forward to our continued fine working relationship with Denver in the design and implementation of these much needed drainage and flood control projects.
Another project of note this past year was the completion of the Cottonwood Creek project located near Peoria. Six different parties were involved in this project to include in addition to the District, the City of Greenwood Village, Arapahoe County, Cherry Creek Basin Authority, Arapahoe Water and Wastewater Authority and the Landmark Metropolitan District. This project provided much needed capacity improvements along this stretch of Cottonwood Creek as well as water quality features designed to reduce the phosphorus load into Cherry Creek Reservoir. Paul Hindman, Senior Project Engineer, is to be congratulated for bringing this project to completion while juggling the needs of six different project sponsors.
The year 2004 looks to be another busy year for the Design and Construction Program with over $9.6 million identified for 38 new or existing projects.