Harvey Gap Road reopens north of Silt | PostIndependent.com

Harvey Gap Road reopens north of Silt

Ryan Hoffman
Harvey Gap Road reopened Friday after a closure lasting nearly three months.
Courtesy of George Cutting III |

A segment of Harvey Gap Road north of Silt is now open after a closure of nearly three months resulting from a partial road collapse in late August.

Minor cleanup and revegetation work will be completed in the coming weeks, but construction and paving of the realigned road is complete, according to a news release Friday from Garfield County. The announcement largely marks the end of efforts dating back to Aug. 21 when a portion of the road collapsed due to water flowing underneath it from an adjacent ditch.

Total cost estimates for the project were not immediately available Friday.

Garfield County commissioners have directed $117,000 from the county’s emergency mitigation fund to help pay for half the cost of the Silt Water Conservancy District’s project to realign the ditch that previously ran alongside a portion of the road.

Although the county originally agreed to chip in $100,000 for the project, the number was revised Monday after water district officials informed commissioners the cost would be larger than the initially estimated $200,000. The added $17,000 brought the total to half of the new estimate of $234,000.

In September the county secured the services of SGM for engineering and design work through a contract that was capped at $125,000. The design involves a concept known as French drain technology, which allows water seepage without additional damage to the road, according to the county.

County road and bridge crews oversaw and completed the construction of the road, while the county contracted with Frontier Paving to for the paving work.

Two private landowners also worked with the county in order to realign the portion of the road.

Harvey Gap Road serves as the only direct route from Harvey Gap State Park and nearby residences to the town of Silt. Some residents on the north side of the closure were concerned about the possible impact of the closure on emergency services.

Both the Colorado River Fire Rescue chief and Garfield County sheriff said the closure would have little to no impact on their response times, adding that they could get through the damaged portion of road if needed.

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