Part of Routt County Road 76 near Hayden was down to one lane in this May photo because of a slide and runoff that caused the road to deteriorate.

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Part of Routt County Road 76 near Hayden was down to one lane in this May photo because of a slide and runoff that caused the road to deteriorate.

Slide repairs to get under way

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Road officials have chosen a company to repair slides on Routt County Roads 27 and 37, Routt County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper said.

County commissioners have approved hiring GeoSolutions International to design and do the fixes, Draper said.

"I meet with their principal lead person tomorrow, and we'll go out and look at the slides," Draper said Tuesday. "We haven't signed a contract, but we're looking at one."

GeoSolutions, which is based in western Colorado, put in a bid of about $900,000 for the two slides. Routt County will pay half, and the rest will be covered by state energy impact grants, Draper said.

"Their principal is out of the Colorado School of Mines," he said of GeoSolutions, "and this is a soil-nailing technology where they shoot long pieces of metal into the hillside."

The slide on C.R. 27 is at Dobie Hill between Twentymile Coal Co. and Oak Creek. The slide on C.R. 37 is at Sage Creek about 4.5 miles southeast of Hayden. The county has done some interim repair work on the Dobie Hill slide this summer, Draper said.

"The slides are doing pretty good," he said. "They've settled down."

He said he expects the permanent repairs to begin after Labor Day.

Hayden residents had repeatedly expressed concern about another slide, on the Cog Road, known as Routt County Road 76. The road north of town was eaten away severely as the snow melted and cut to one lane. The county has implemented temporary fixes.

To address that slide, county commissioners approved a contract in July with Yeh and Associates. The company is doing a geotechnical investigation of the slide and a geotechnical design of possible fixes. The study and design were budgeted for up to $83,600.

"That's under design right now," Draper said. "We're hoping to get something in mid-September or October so we can look at it. We are going to pursue an energy impact grant for the Cog."

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234

or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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