Garfield County eyes $17 million in public works projects |

Garfield County eyes $17 million in public works projects

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Garfield County is looking at a bill of nearly $17 million in road improvements and public works projects for 2012, if the board of county commissioners (BOCC) goes ahead with every item on Public Works Director Betsy Suerth’s wish list.

Suerth presented the list to the BOCC at a work session on Wednesday, with the projects divided into four sections.

One section, Suerth wrote in a memo, is made up of roads that “are not currently in the proposed 2012 budget” and would cost a total of $4.4 million or so to complete.

Several of those roads are inside the boundaries of the White River National Forest, Suerth reported, such as the Buford Road (County Road 245), a section of the Collbran Road (County Road 342) and the Porcupine Road (County Road 325). These currently have minimal surface treatments, she added, and would involve chip-seal applications.

The most expensive project in this category is the Wallace Creek-Spring Creek Road (County Road 306) west of Parachute, which Suerth listed as needing reconstruction and estimated to cost $1.5 million.

A second section of proposed projects, a list of roads requiring asphalt paving, includes Spring Valley Road (County Road 114), Four Mile Road (County Road 117), Pretti Lane (County Road 228) and three others, representing approximately $3.2 million in costs.

Suerth cautioned the BOCC, however, that her department has not completed its evaluation of the roads proposed for asphalt paving, and the costs might rise or the projects may be shifted to the 2013 budget year.

Suerth also proposed work on 16 other roads, in a third section of her list, that need to be chip-sealed and would cost approximately $1.28 million of the entire list were completed.

The fourth section of Suerth’s list was devoted to capital improvement projects that, if undertaken as listed, would cost nearly $8 million.

They include reworking various drainage structures in Battlement Mesa, redesigning the Cattle Creek Road (County Road 113) and CMC Road (County Road 115) intersections, and realigning the southern entrance configuration for the Una Bridge west of Battlement Mesa.

The county government currently is working on its proposed budget for 2012, and the BOCC will be holding work sessions and other meetings with county department heads as part of the process.

The first full presentation of the proposed 2012 budget, to the BOCC, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, at the commissioners’ meeting room, in the county administration building, 108 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs.

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