County Road 306 repaired, but traffic still halted | PostIndependent.com
YOUR AD HERE »

County Road 306 repaired, but traffic still halted

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A controversial road-repair project near Parachute, which began nearly two years ago, is reported to be finished, but the road remains closed due to legal wrangling.

“The road is just sitting here, ready to be used, and we can’t get a definitive answer as to why the parties won’t sign,” said Dorothy Nauroth, whose family lives along the road.

County Road 306, 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 CR 306 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 CR 306 from the intersection with CR 300, 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 county has had to negotiate with the Dutton-Dixon family, who own land beneath the old 306 Road, to establish an agreed-upon right of way, among other issues.

According to an official with the road and bridge department, the repairs are completed and the road is ready to be reopened, except for continued legal issues about the right of way, which are being handled by County Attorney Don DeFord.

Calls to DeFord for clarification were not returned.

“I don’t think the taxpayers know what’s going on,” declared Nauroth on Sept. 21. She claimed to have spoken to a county commissioner, who told her the holdup at this point is over minor details and should be cleared up soon.

jcolson@postindependent.com


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News

Community Profile: Creating a journey through music

“Turn off the lights! Turn off the lights!” the crowd yelled as Joseph Thompson stood behind his music mixing board and flashing strobe lights inside the school gym during Thursday night’s special halftime performance on…



See more