County's summer road projects started

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Routt County began its summer repaving projects Wednesday and will continue road improvements until Aug. 8.

This year, the county's overlay and chip-and-seal projects cover mostly the northern and western parts of the county.

Commissioner Doug Monger said the county decides what roads to repave based on their condition and how long it has been since they last were paved.

"The asphalt maintenance program is based on years since they were (last paved) or originally installed. Some of them are in better shape than others, and they are passed a year or so in the program," Monger said.

Road and Bridge Field Coordinator Tammie Crawford said drivers should expect traffic delays for all the scheduled roadwork and noted that schedules could change due to weather. The county started its repaving project Wednesday on Routt County Road 179. It was scheduled to repave a half-mile stretch of road from U.S. Highway 40 to C.R. 178. Connell Resources Inc. was contracted to do the overlay project and plans to do the overlay work from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, including weekends.

A 1.6 mile-stretch of C.R. 212 through the Stagecoach area is scheduled for resurfacing with asphalt today and Friday.

From July 25 to Aug. 8, repaving is set for two sections of C.R. 129. A 2.88-mile stretch will cover Big Creek to C.R. 54, and a 2.72-mile stretch will reach from Round Mountain Ranch to C.R. 64.

The county's chip-and-seal project, which was contracted to GMCO Corporations, will begin Monday and run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including weekends.

The first chip-and-seal project is scheduled for a half-mile stretch of C.R. 179 starting at the Camiletti Gravel Pit.

Next week, from Monday to Wednesday, the county is set to chip-and-seal two sections of road in Strawberry Park. The county plans to chip-and-seal a 1.6-mile section of C.R. 36 from the city limits to the Soda Creek Bridge. The county also will chip-and-seal a one-mile section of Amethyst Drive from the city limits to the intersection of C.R. 36.

The road and bridge department also plans to re-stripe 127 miles of roads throughout the county. Restriping work will continue throughout the summer.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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