Sinkhole closes County Road 109 outside Carbondale |

Sinkhole closes County Road 109 outside Carbondale

A sinkhole has developed along Garfield County Road 109 near Aspen Glen, which will result in a full road closure over the next few days while the damage is repaired.
Rick Carlson | Courtesy

Update 4/11/15 12:50 p.m.

Garfield County Road and Bridge crews completed repairs to a broken irrigation pipe, filled in the excavated hole and reopened the road by the middle of the day Saturday, April 11.

A sinkhole that developed in recent days in a problem area along Garfield County Road 109 outside Carbondale has resulted in the road being closed while county crews assess the situation and make repairs.

The road, also known at Hardwick Bridge Road, runs between the Thompson Creek Road (CR 108) and the Ironbridge/Westbank area. It was officially closed Friday morning and will likely remain closed at least through the weekend, according to county Road and Bridge Department officials.

“Road and Bridge crews are excavating the site of the sinkhole in an attempt to determine the cause,” according to a county news release issued Friday morning. “Drivers are asked to detour the area completely, as the road is to be closed.”

The sinkhole is in an area near Aspen Glen that is known for movement and has required quite a bit of fill work over the years.

“This newest sinkhole is an exception to the usual movement, as it is larger and deeper than others,” according to the news release. “It went from approximately 4 inches deep to 5 feet deep overnight on Wednesday.”

The county placed approximately 30 tons of material into the hole in an attempt to maintain access for motorists earlier this week. The road in that area abuts a hillside where several outflows from irrigation ditches on the mesa above flow toward the Roaring Fork River.

“Road and Bridge will be working through the weekend to reopen the road as soon as possible.” In the meantime, “It is advised that motorists avoid the area.”

Alternate routes are back to Highway 82 via County Road 154, or through Carbondale. From the south end, motorists can also take the Thompson Creek Road to Dry Park Road (CR 125), and down Four Mile Road to Glenwood Springs.

Motorists are asked to not try to pas through the area or remove cones during the closure. “This is a very hazardous practice and could result in injury,” the county said.

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