Spring Creek Dam restoration moved to spring 2019
September 24, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Spring Creek Dam Restoration Project will be moved to spring 2019 based on advice from the Colorado state engineer. The project was anticipated to start this fall; however, due to permit delays, historical elements and contractor availability, all parties agreed to postpone efforts until spring when the work could be completed without risk of interruption.
With the revised scheduled, the dam restoration is anticipated to start in late June or early July 2019 depending on conditions and the high water and spring runoff cycle. Once work begins, the project is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.
W.W. Wheeler and Associates has been contracted by the city of Steamboat Springs to design and perform construction services for the dam modifications, and Anson Excavating will execute the work.
The Colorado Division of Water Resources Dam Safety Branch previously identified concerns with the Spring Creek Dam. The planned improvements look to rectify those safety issues and include a new 30-foot-wide dam spillway, installation of additional fill material on the dam slopes and an improved dam drainage system.
Once the project is completed, the modified dam will meet qualifications for a non-jurisdictional dam impounding a smaller sized pool than what currently exists. The spillway will be capable of routing a 100-year storm event.
Due to the dam modifications, the existing bridge and trail across the spillway will be removed and will not be replaced. New interpretive signage, benches and a proposed looped trail system is planned at the upper pond following construction.