Chip-and-seal method to be on meeting agenda |

Chip-and-seal method to be on meeting agenda

— Officials will host a meeting Nov. 8 to discuss an issue that has become increasingly important to Steamboat Springs' cycling community — Routt County's policy on using the chip-and-seal method of preserving its paved roads.

Specifically, Road and Bridge Department Director Paul Draper said the meeting would deal with a recent recommendation by the Routt County Multi Modal Advisory Board that a dozen county roads be treated with chips no greater than a half-inch in size.

Commissioner Doug Monger told Draper he wants the scope of the conversation to be broadened to include the chip-and-seal policy on all of the county's surfaced roads.

The roads covered by the Multi Modal group's recommendation include Amethyst Drive/Routt County Road 36; Mount Werner Road across the Tree Haus Bridge; and county roads 18, 14, 32, 36, 35/41, 42, 129, 33, 27 and 64.

In other Road and Bridge Department business, Draper told the commissioners Monday that he would proceed with trackhoe work this fall to remove debris and dead trees from the channel of Spring Creek near C.R. 34.

However, Draper added, he has learned the city of Steamboat Springs will be unable to haul gravel to repair portions of the unpaved road that washed out during high spring runoff this summer.

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Finally, Draper told the commissioners that he expects to remove about 15 dead cottonwood trees from the county right-of-way in a stretch of C.R. 129 from Cullen's Corner to the Deep Creek Bridge. Draper said he and County Manager Tom Sullivan had received calls from motorists complaining that their vehicles had been damaged by limbs falling from the trees. In once case, a woman said her car had been totaled, Draper said.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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