County lays out road fixes for ’05
Bumpy roads shall be smoothed, gravel shall be laid and culverts shall be installed. It’s all part of Garfield County’s road-improvement plan for 2005.On tap for paving are 1.3 miles of the Silt Mesa Road (County Road 233) north of Highway 6 & 24 between First Street and Miller Lane (CR 227) in Silt. Peterson Lane east of Rifle will be paved where it intersects with Highway 6 & 24. The Rifle-Silt Road (CR 346), also east of Rifle, will get 2.2 miles of blacktop between the county airport exit on Interstate 70 and Mamm Creek Road (CR 315). The Rifle-Rulison Road (CR 320) south of the Colorado River at Rifle will be paved for 2.23 miles.Segments of 19 county roads will get the chip seal treatment this year: Satank Road in Carbondale (CR 106), Four Mile Road (CR 117), Oak Meadow Subdivision (CR168A and 168), Thompson Creek Road west of Carbondale (CR 108), Coryell Road (CR 167), Cattle Creek Road (CR 113), Coulter Creek Road (CR 121), Red Canyon Road (CR 115), Roan Creek Road north of DeBeque (CR 204), Swallow Lane west of Rifle (CR 264), Garfield Creek Road south of New Castle (CR 312), Mamm Creek Road (CR 315), Parachute Una Road (CR 300), Four Corner Road on Battlement Mesa (CR 308), Taughenbaugh Mesa Road (CR 321), Spring Creek Road west of Parachute (CR 306), Roan Creek Drive on Battlement Mesa (CR 370D) and Roan Creek Place (CR 370E).Road and bridge supervisor Marv Stephens laid out the plan for the county commissioners Monday. Stephens said six gravel companies responded to a request for bid and that all will be allowed to supply material as needed rather than awarding a bid to one company. Last year gravel was hauled from one location in the Sweetwater area that made for long truck hauling, he said. This year he recommended that gravel be obtained close to the project at hand.”Due to the ever-increasing price of diesel fuel … it was decided to bid out gravel in five (road and bridge) districts,” Stephens said. “Price was not the sole factor for this bid.”The commissioners agreed, albeit somewhat reluctantly.”This is kind of tough. We’ll award the bid to all the aggregate companies in the valley,” Commissioner Larry McCown said.Stephens also noted that the cost of culverts went up 20 percent over last year because of the rising cost of steel.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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