Four Mile Road paving to begin in April |

Four Mile Road paving to begin in April

A sewer project on Four Mile Road last year proved the old Murphy’s Law adage that if something could go wrong, it would. Last September, while installing a sewer line along Four Mile Road to a subdivision, the contractor ran into a shovelful of trouble. In the first 3,000 feet of line, the contractor, Tarco Inc., ran into electric, phone, cable TV and fiber optic lines that weren’t where they were supposed to be. Then they hit solid rock in the trench, and that slowed down things even more.Work is set to resume on the project in early April.What really got the goat of the residents who live along Four Mile, including Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt, were the traffic delays. While construction was not supposed to stop traffic for more than five minutes, in some cases cars waited up to 30 minutes to get through the construction zone.Last September, when the county granted Tarco an extension, Houpt called the project a “disaster.”Originally, the 2.8-mile sewer line from the beginning of Four Mile to the Spring Ridge subdivision on Dry Park Road was to be completed by Oct. 15. The commissioners extended the contract deadline to Nov. 12. But weather forced them out and paving was not completed.Now Tarco is back to complete asphalt paving. Monday the county commissioners agreed to the work along with strict conditions it will have to meet.According to its construction permit, Tarco will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It can work on Sundays only with permission from the county road and bridge department.Houpt asked if construction could be limited to the hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays to give people “an extra half hour to sleep,” she said. “This is going to be fairly intrusive, and people are going to remember what happened last year.”Cutting back hours would only prolong construction time, said project engineer Yancy Nichols.Work must be completed on or before June 30. Construction will not begin until Sunlight Mountain Resort closes for the season, thus allowing ski traffic to continue unimpeded. Sunlight is expected to close April 9, but if snow conditions are good and it elects to remain open on subsequent weekends, construction will shut down on those days to let traffic through, Nichols said.Tarco will also be required to attend weekly meetings with the road and bridge department to discuss work progress and any problems encountered. The company also must issue weekly updates on its progress via public service radio messages.”We’ve all worked together to make communications better than last year,” said road and bridge supervisor Marv Stephenson.The normal 35 mph speed limit on Four Mile Road will be reduced to 25 mph in the construction zone.

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