County makes Airport Road top priority among state grant requests |

County makes Airport Road top priority among state grant requests

The Garfield County commissioners gave Airport Road near Rifle top priority Monday among projects seeking grants from the state Department of Local Affairs. The commissioners, as well as representatives from Rifle and Glenwood Springs, voted on two projects seeking funding from DOLA. The voting ranked the improvements to Airport Road in Rifle first and a new swimming pool at the Glenwood Springs Community Center second. Rifle is seeking $600,000 from DOLA for improvements to Airport Road between the Rifle Industrial Park and the intersection of county roads 319 and 346, at a total project cost of $1 million.This month the commissioners backed out of a plan to work with the city of Rifle on improvements to that section of the road. “The cost of the project prohibited us from participating,” said Commissioner Larry McCown.Under the original plan, the county would have paid for improvements to that section of Airport Road and Rifle would have contributed $200,000. Now the county has promised to contribute $100,000 to Rifle to supplement the DOLA grant.One version put the cost at $6.2 million and the second at $4.2 million depending on the angle of a curve at the intersection, the amount of cut and fill the cost of additional right-of-way.Rifle city manager Selby Myers said the cost was considerably reduced from the original estimate because instead of rebuilding the curve at the intersection of county roads 319 and 346 to allow a 45- to 50-mph speed limit, the curve would be restricted to 25 mph.Although it came second in priority ranking, the commissioners also said they support an effort by the city of Glenwood Springs to gain DOLA funding for a swimming pool at the new community center.The city has applied for $225,000 toward the $3 million cost of the pool, said Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof.Vanderhoof told the commissioners the Community Center was planned in three phases. The first is the community center building and ice skating rink, which opened in November. The second phase is the swimming pool and the third is an auditorium theater.Vanderhoof pointed out that about 35 percent of the Community Center users come from outside the city.”It’s used by the entire county,” he said.In other business, the commissioners:-Signed two resolutions that allow the Prehm Ranch developer Marlin Colorado Ltd. to connect a road from Westbank subdivision into the ranch.-Released school impact fees collected from new developments to the Roaring Fork School District Re-1.-Approved combining small lots in the Satank area of Carbondale on the properties owned by Nancy Smith and Don and Lucinda Westerlind to create larger building lots.

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