CDOT plans project to reduce slides in burn areas

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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado transportation officials plan a nearly $2.5 million project to try to prevent mudslides and washouts on Colorado 14 in Poudre Canyon where the High Park Fire burned last year.

The Denver Post reports the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to replace six undersized culverts to alleviate the threat. The department plans to hold public meetings about the project in August. The design phase should be complete by September.

The High Park fire burned on about 136 square miles and destroyed 259 homes northwest of Fort Collins. Charred hillsides in Poudre and Rist canyons have been left prone to washouts during heavy rains because the fire burned soils and vegetation that could have absorbed moisture.

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