Greeley, Colo. (April 19, 2010) – Portions of the popular Pawnee National Grassland (PNG) Self-Guided Birding Tour are being upgraded this spring thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
On March 23, construction work on 14.1 miles of the route began. This project is to create a better, safer experience for those touring the PNG. This portion of the route will be widened, provide improved drainage and have a better road surface.
The contractor, from Colorado, has until July 23 to complete the work. While construction is occurring, travelers could face delays up to 30 minutes. The U. S. Forest Service and the contractor will work to minimize delays as much as possible while ensuring public safety.
Travelers can expect to see construction signage, along with large trucks, graders, bulldozers, or other equipment in the area. Dust abatement efforts are also taking place.
This construction complements work done in the last year to improve the pull-outs along the tour and the installment of interpretive signs. The improvements and signs were made possible by a partnership among the U. S. Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Audubon Society.
The 36-mile tour starts at the Crow Valley Recreation Area, north of Highway 14 near Briggsdale, Colo., and ends at the intersection of Highway 14 and Weld County Road 61. For more information about the bird tour, please contact visitor information services at 970-346-5000.