GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Garfield County has come to an agreement with the developer of the River Edge residential subdivision between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale regarding eventual improvements to the busy Highway 82 intersection at Cattle Creek.
County commissioners on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with Carbondale Investments LLC to coordinate efforts to improve the intersection.
Late last year, the county approved plans for the 366-home River Edge development, to be located on 160 acres straddling Cattle Creek on the west side of State Highway 82.
The main entrance into the new development from Highway 82 is directly across from the awkward, sometimes dangerous intersection of Garfield County Roads 113 and 110, where a frontage road and several private driveways also intersect.
Project manager Rockwood Shepherd offered at the time the subdivision was approved for the developers to work with the county and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to help design and fund improvements on the east side of the highway.
CDOT officials have indicated that an access permit would not be granted to River Edge unless the improvements to the east side of the intersection are done at the same time. The intersection work has also been on the county's to-do list for more than a decade.
Formal planning and design work for the improvements is expected to begin this fall. The county and CDOT have a deadline of September 2014 to complete the final intersection design and access permitting.
A preliminary design for the intersection envisions a reconfigured main intersection at Highway 82, and a new "T" intersection a little farther to the east that would provide more direct access onto the frontage roads and the two county roads.
Doing so would require the purchase of some private property in the area, which could potentially delay final design and construction, the county acknowledges in the agreement.
In that case, the developer may be granted an extension beyond a Dec. 14, 2014, deadline to file a final plat for the River Edge project, the agreement states.
The agreement also outlines a payment schedule for the developer to reimburse the county for planning, design and eventual construction of the intersection improvements.
In other action at the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday, the board:
• Approved a contract to purchase right of way for a new bridge on Black Diamond Road over Four Mile Creek, along County Road 117 (Four Mile Road) just below the Oak Meadows subdivision. The move is the first in a series of land deals before the new bridge is built, County Manager Andrew Gorgey explained. The new bridge will help improve safety at the intersection, which is located around a sharp, blind curve on Four Mile Road.
• Formally appointed Deb Fiscus to be the county road and bridge supervisor. Fiscus has been the acting supervisor and department head since March.
The commissioners also formally appointed Renelle Lott as chief communication officer for the county. Lott has been the communications coordinator for the one-person department since it was created earlier this year.