Cattle Creek intersection work slated for 2016 |

Cattle Creek intersection work slated for 2016

Garfield County is preparing to move forward next year with major safety upgrades to the busy Cattle Creek intersection on Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.
John Stroud | Post Independent file

Garfield County is ready to move ahead next year with major safety improvements at the Cattle Creek intersection on Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

County commissioners on Monday awarded a $171,922 contract to HDR Engineering to complete the final design for new, longer acceleration and deceleration lanes at the busy intersection.

Work also calls for reconfiguring the intersection where two county roads, 110 and 113, and a frontage road accessing several commercial properties, connect with Highway 82.

If all goes as planned in obtaining permits from the Colorado Department of Transportation, construction could begin next April, said Jeff Nelson, Garfield County engineer.

“They are very aware that this is on the front burner of your project list and is your top priority,” Nelson advised the commissioners at their Monday meeting.

Commissioners in recent years have said Cattle Creek is their No. 1 road and bridge project.

When the as-yet undeveloped River Edge residential subdivision was approved in 2013, the county asked that the developer pay for a portion of the work since its main entrance was to be located directly across from the Cattle Creek intersection. The developer has since indicated a desire to move the main access about a quarter mile to the north, although that revision has not yet been formally reviewed by the county.

The Cattle Creek work is tentatively budgeted for $2 million next year, including carry-over funds that were in the budget for the past two years.

County commissioners are to discuss a total of $26.5 million worth of possible capital projects for 2016 during a budget work session today. Of that, about $10.6 million is slated for road and bridge projects.

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