County board to deal with closed road |

County board to deal with closed road

County officials will consider Monday whether to authorize the vacation of a troublesome stretch of road in the western part of Garfield County.

If it goes through, the county will be one step closer to opening a rebuilt County Road 306, which has been closed since late 2008.

The road, which loops southward from CR 300 west of Parachute, runs up along the Wallace Creek drainage, over a dividing ridge and returns down the Spring Creek drainage.

The ends of the loop connect with CR 300 at two points about a half mile apart.

In 2008, the Noble Energy company was attempting to lay a pipeline under the roadway, near the furthest point on 306 Road from the intersection with 300 Road, to carry natural gas from nearby wells.

But a subcontractor working on the project damaged the road so badly that it had to be closed for safety reasons, according to county officials.

Then, as officials tried to determine what to do next, a dispute arose over whether the road followed its legal right of way.

The road was deeded to the county by area rancher Norm Dutton, but the county belatedly realized that the deed had never been properly recorded.

The road repairs are now finished, according to county road officials, and the only remaining issues have to do with the legalities involved.

The county will consider today a proposal for expansion of the “Blue Gravel Pit,” located northeast of Carbondale adjacent to Colorado Highway 82.

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