County officials close Red Canyon Road |

County officials close Red Canyon Road

Citing hazardous winter conditions, Garfield County commissioners on Monday closed County Road 115, Red Canyon Road. The winding dirt road follows Red Canyon from Highway 82 to Spring Valley.Such winter closures are not uncommon on the switchback dirt road that has sheer dropoffs as it winds up the side of Red Canyon a few miles south of Glenwood Springs.The commissioners imposed the closure at the request of Marvin Stephens, county road and bridge supervisor, who said the road is dangerous for county maintenance vehicles.The commissioners have the authority to close the road for up to 90 days.Spring Valley resident Cathy Tuttle asked the commissioners not to close the road for the full 90 days.”It’s highly traveled,” she said. “People who live up there realize you can close it, and back in the olden days we used to plow it ourselves.”County administrator Ed Green assured Tuttle that the road conditions would be reviewed weekly.”It can be reopened at any time,” said County Commissioner Larry McCown.Residents can use an alternate route that brings them to Highway 82 on County Road 114, locally know as the Colorado Mountain College Road.Winter conditions prompted a similar closure of Red Canyon Road last winter, said assistant county administrator Jess Smith.”We feel right now that the road is unsafe, especially for larger maintenance vehicles,” he said.In officially closing the road Monday, the commissioners also gave Stephens permission to open the road when he believes it is safe to do so.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.coma

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