Roads & Waterways

Additional information about roads and waterways can be found on the main Roads page.

Private Roads & Infrastructure

Property Access

Bridges & Fences


Water Boundaries


If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email your question to floodrecovery@bouldercounty.org.


Public County Roads

Is the county road open?

Check the Boulder County Flood 2013 Roads map and closure list.

Some roads are open for residents only. If you have specific questions about whether a road is open for public travel, contact the Transportation Department at 303-441-3900.

When will the county repair or restore my road?

County crews are busy constructing emergency one-lane roads to connect the county road system. This task should be complete in the next few weeks. Once it is completed, construction of maintainable two-lane roads suitable for passenger vehicles will begin.

Check the Boulder County Flood 2013 Roads website for current activities and updates.

Boulder County will restore all public roads damaged by the flood. The County is currently establishing safe minimal residential access in mountain areas; completing its damage assessment, setting priorities; and developing long-term plans for infrastructure restoration. Complete restoration of the transportation system is anticipated as a multi-year effort, given the extent of the damage.

To what level will the road be maintained through the winter?

The county's goal is to restore two way access on all primary county roads before winter to ensure that the county can plow snow. Roads damaged by the flood will take longer to plow and be more difficult to keep open. Expect to experience closures more frequently than would otherwise be the case.

Will the County repair unmaintained county roads?

The County will repair flood damage on unmaintained county roads and submit for reimbursement from FEMA or FHWA as appropriate, and will provide the necessary local match. Consistent with current and historic policy, the County will not provide ongoing maintenance of the roads.

Should residents identify significant flood related damage, they should call the Transportation Department at 730-564-2650, mrogakis@bouldercounty.org to report damage to the unmaintained county roads. The Transportation Department will evaluate the damage and address the damage either through use of County resources or through County contracting procedures.

If property owners or residents have addressed flood related damage on unmaintained county roads prior to October 7, 2013, the County may be able to partially reimburse the residents for those costs. If this is the case, please contact the Road Hotline at 303-441-3928 and staff will respond as soon as possible.

For the reimbursements to be considered, at a minimum, the following documentation should be prepared and available:

  • Photos of the damage before and after the repairs.
  • Documentation of any formal or informal bids that were received for the work completed.
  • Receipts and documentation of the payments made for the repairs.

The county will submit the documentation to FEMA on behalf of the residents. Residents will only be reimbursed for that amount FEMA reimburses the county for the project. Residents should be aware that:

  • FEMA may not provide reimbursement for repairs performed, or contracted for, in the county right-of-way by residents. In this case the residents will not be reimbursed.
  • Reimbursements from FEMA may require extensive processing time.

This process pertains only to work in unmaintained county roads.

Property Access

What does the county require if I want to repair/rebuild my driveway within the right-of-way?

The county has developed a streamlined process to repair/rebuild accesses. Call 303-441-4581 or email aariley@bouldercounty.org to initiate the permitting process.

Property owners will be responsible for:

  • Applying for an access permit. Fees will be waived.
  • Retaining and paying for materials and labor for the construction
  • Adhering to the requirements of the permit.
  • Requesting a final inspection.

Permit information may be found on the access permit website.

The parcel access standards found in Section 5.5 of the Transportation Standards apply to the repair of all access.

What does the county require to repair/rebuild my driveway outside the right-of-way (on private property?

Any repairs that occur outside of the county right-of-way do not require an access permit from Boulder County. No construction outside of the original alignment should occur without first checking with the Boulder County Flood Rebuilding and Permit Information Center, 303-441-1705 or email floodrecovery@bouldercounty.org.

The county strongly recommends that a registered engineer be retained to provide assistance in designing the repairs and, particularly, in specifying proper locations of culverts and size requirements.

What is the process to restore access to my property over a waterway?

If a property owner installs a temporary crossing structure, the property owner is responsible for bringing the structure into compliance within a specified time period. The County cannot commit that a reconstructed road will connect to a temporary structure or that the temporary structure will meet county requirements for bridge replacement.

At this time the county encourages property owners to replace damaged structures with a permanent structure that meets current floodplain regulations, wherever possible.

The county is developing a streamlined process to repair/rebuild accesses over waterways. Call 720-564-2663 or email cschroeder@bouldercounty.org to initiate the permitting process.

How do I request a private road determination for FEMA assistance?

Call the Transportation Department at 720-564-2650 or email mrogakis@bouldercounty.org to request the determination.

Bridges & Fences

What is the process to place a permanent bridge to property?

The County does not maintain, repair or replace private residential bridges. However, the County understands that many residential bridges were lost in the flooding and replacement of bridges can be very costly. Property owners with affected bridges are encouraged to register with FEMA for possible flood assistance funding or to talk with their financial institutions about loan programs related to flood damage. 

If a property installs a temporary bridge, the property owner is responsible for bringing the structure into compliance with permanent bridge standards within a specified time period. The County cannot commit that a reconstructed road will connect to a temporary structure.

Permanent structures will be subject to current floodplain regulations. Please view the floodplain regulations in Section 4-407 of the Boulder County Land Use Code.

Property owners will be responsible for:

  • Applying for a floodplain development permit.
  • Retaining and paying for materials and labor for the construction.
  • Adhering to the requirements of the permit.
  • Requesting a final inspection.

More information is available on the Floodplain Development Permits website.

Call 720-564-2663 or email floodplain@bouldercounty.org with questions about obtaining a floodplain development permit.

How do I replace my fence on my property line at the right-of-way that was washed away or buried in the flood?

You have three options:

  • Add fill (or remove it, as the case may be) in order to establish the original grade at your property line to replace your fence.
  • Move your fence to another place on your property.
  • Wait until the county can re-establish the grade in the right-of-way. There is no guarantee that the county will re-establish the grade in the right-of-way.
on, and to determine what new building/floodproofing code requirements may be necessary.

 

Water Boundaries

The creek has moved. How do I protect my property? Can I move the creek channel back to where it was?

FEMA and the US Army Corps of Engineers are evaluating each creek corridor with Boulder County staff to determine the appropriate alignments for each system.

Contact the US Army Corps of Engineers for any work you want to perform in creek channels. Any work performed in creek channels without approval from the Corp of Engineers and Boulder County is done at your own risk.

For work associated with flood protection and repair work for flood damaged areas, please contact the Denver Regulatory State Field Office at 303-979-4120 or Kiel.G.Downing@usace.army.mil to determine if a permit is needed.

More information may be found at the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Please also note that a Boulder County floodplain development permit is required for all development in the floodplain including land restoration and work on structures.

Floodplain development permits must be obtained from the Boulder County Transportation Department before the start of construction or work in the floodplain.

If a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit is required, please obtain that permit prior to applying for a Boulder County floodplain development permit. See Boulder County Floodplain Development Permits for application information.

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