County lightens up on heavy trucks
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County commissioners boosted weight limits on four county roads in the Divide Creek and Rulison area, allowing heavier trucks to use the roads without getting overweight permits.Much of the heavy truck traffic on County Roads 331, 311 and 320 in Divide Creek and County Road 320 on Taughenbaugh Mesa is for natural gas drilling, but some is also for farming, ranching and construction.Marvin Stephens of the Garfield County Road and Bridge Department requested two weight increases, from 75,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds for five-axle vehicles and from 45,000 pounds to 54,000 pounds for three-axle vehicles on portions of the four roads.”Approval of these increases will help our office and the truckers using these roads,” Stephens said. “This will eliminate a lot of paperwork in processing overweight permits when we know these roads can handle increased weights.” Stephens noted that in recent years, natural gas companies have invested $2.5 million in road repairs in the area. But he said the weight change recognizes weights that the roads have been able to bear all along.In other action, the commissioners:-Approved spending no more than $25,000 to pave, stripe and erect barricades on a gravel parking lot at the southwest corner of 8th Street and Pitkin Avenue. Assistant county engineer Randy Withee budgeted $11,800 to $25,800 for the project. The lot is west of the Courthouse Plaza, and is off-limits to all but county vehicles.-Approved a four-lot subdivision of the Twin Creek Game Ranch, an elk ranch located south of Silt owned by Josef Langeggar. He will split three tracts of two to three acres from the 429-acre ranch. Commissioners approved the subdivision with 12 conditions.-Authorized Garfield County Airport manager Brian Condie to advertise the lease of six parcels of land at the airport, while retaining final approval on any lease applicants. The deadline for proposals is March 31.-Approved the final plat for the Blue Creek Ranch planned unit development near Catherine Store, east of Carbondale. -Tabled the preliminary plan for Filing 4 of Sundance at Aspen Glen until their March 10 meeting, pending a letter from the state Division of Water Resources regarding water rights for the development. -Granted a temporary extension of the preliminary plan for Spring Valley Ranch, formerly known as Chenoa, until a public hearing at 1:15 p.m. on March 10.
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