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PITKIN COUNTY, Colorado – Road construction funding from the federal FASTER program will be slowing commuters in the region, but those drivers should be safer by the end of the work.The project, funded with $1.2 million from Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER), and $350,000 from the Colorado Department of Transportation, plans for installation of an additional 18,000 square feet of rock netting along Highway 82 in the Shale Bluffs area (upvalley from Snowmass Canyon). The work zone is located at mile marker 35 to 36, just upvalley from the intersection of Brush Creek Road. The completion date of the project has been pushed back from Nov. 12 to Dec. 7.To complete the work, a daily right-lane closure will be in place along eastbound Highway 82. The lane closure will not be in place during peak commute hours of 6-9 a.m., but will be set up Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (as well as the weekends starting at 7 a.m.). Full traffic stops in both upvalley lanes will be necessary on occasion to allow for rock scaling or other work that may dislodge rocks. These stops could last up to 15 minutes (this includes time for debris clearing and clearing of traffic queues).According to CDOT, crews are working in the eastbound lanes only, and will work primarily from Wednesdays through Sundays to take advantage of the earlier start time on Saturdays and Sundays, as there are no peak-travel work restrictions. Crews may still work Mondays and Tuesdays as necessary to ensure the project remains on schedule. The project began on Sept. 13 to mitigate the potential for rockfall in the Shale Bluffs area. The following mitigation efforts will reduce the risk of rockfall along this stretch of Highway 82:For information on other CDOT projects, the public may call 511 or log onto CDOT’s traveler information website at http://www.cotrip.org.
A controversial movie about the gas industry, which focused largely on the industry’s impacts on residents in Garfield County, won a national Emmy Award this week.The movie, “Split Estate,” was produced by filmmaker Debra Anderson and has gained a national and international audience in light of the ongoing debates over the benefits and hazards of the industry.The Emmy, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research, was given to Anderson and her two researchers, Mitchell Marti and Matt Vest.The award was bestowed at the 31st annual News & Documentary ceremony, at Lincoln Center in New York City, on Sept. 27.
The Valley Wellness Center will be closing its doors as of Saturday, Oct. 2. It was late last year when Dr. Jason Slaver and Dr. Claudia Slaver took over the Valley Wellness Center because the center was experiencing financial loss, according to a release sent from the center. Despite the best efforts of the doctors and the staff, past issues haunting the center could not be resolved and the center was forced to close, the release reported.Dr. Slaver D.C., C.C.S.P., Danny Gross CBT and Nancy Gant CMT have relocated to a new location in Basalt. Reach them at the Basalt Wellness Center, 355 Gold Rivers Court, Unit 1, Basalt, or at (970) 927-1177.
Trail improvements to the Rio Grande Trail, from the intersection with Upper River Road to the junction with McLain Flats Road, are under way and will continue for roughly the next two months.The work involves installing a hard surface alongside a narrower soft-surface alignment for 2.5 miles of trail.Users of the trail for that stretch will be detoured onto Upper River Road periodically during the work period, and officials say they hope to reopen the trail by November.
A story in Tuesday’s edition, “Thomasville man arrested on warrant,” about an arrest in the upper Fryingpan River Valley contained a mistake about where the suspect was taken into custody.Pitkin County deputies arrested Shane Nicholson on Monday night for allegedly violating his parole at the home where convicted murderer Andrew Kachik once lived.
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