Ranch owner agrees to pay for CR 108 ‘traffic calming devices’
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Fed up with speeding cars and trucks zipping through her property, Crystal River Ranch owner Sue Rodgers has agreed to pay for the installation of “traffic calming devices” on Garfield County Road 108, according to county officials.
The paved road, widely known as Thompson Creek Road, carries thousands of cars a month as it runs from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus, located just west of Carbondale, up past the increasingly popular Spring Gulch cross country ski area.
It then turns to dirt and gravel and heads further uphill toward the site of the defunct Thompson Creek coal mine, and also serves as an access route to the Thompson Creek hiking trail and the Tall Pines mountain biking trail to Redstone.
The speed limit on county roads generally is 35 miles per hour, but on CR 108 that drops to 25 miles per hour as it passes through the ranch.
According to county road and bridge supervisor Marvin Stevens, Rodgers and her ranch hands have been complaining about speeding traffic along the road for some time.
On Sept. 13, ranch foreman Tom Harrington appeared before the board of county commissioners to verify that his boss was hoping the county could install some kind of device that would slow the vehicles down as they pass through the ranch headquarters complex and over a cattle guard.
Harrington said the vehicles, particularly cars, have been observed to pick up speed as they come downhill and emerge from a curvy canyon just above the ranch.
And according to a county traffic count conducted over seven days last July, a total of 2,708 vehicles passed through the ranch during that period.
Commissioner Tresi Houpt, while appearing sympathetic to the problem, remarked that “this isn’t a customary fix for a county road.”
Stevens assured the BOCC that Rodgers had agreed to pay for the costs of the project, including the engineering, to determine exactly what type of device would be most effective.
Stevens said on Tuesday that he will either hire private engineers or put the county’s engineering department to work designing the project. He will then take the design to Rodgers to get her final approval and return it to the BOCC.
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