Routt County officials announced Wednesday that they have been awarded energy impact grand funds to fix the Cog Road in Hayden. The road, pictured here in spring 2008, is the victim of continued slides.

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Routt County officials announced Wednesday that they have been awarded energy impact grand funds to fix the Cog Road in Hayden. The road, pictured here in spring 2008, is the victim of continued slides.

Cash coming for Cog Road fix

Repairs planned for slides on C.R. 76, C.R. 86 in West Routt

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— Money is coming to fix the slide on the Cog Road north of Hayden.

Residents have complained about part of the roadway slipping off Routt County Road 76 during spring thaws. The slide was particularly dramatic last year, cutting the winding road to one lane. The Routt County Road and Bridge Department told residents Wednesday that it would receive energy impact grants to help pay for repairs.

The money also will go toward repairs to a slide on Routt County Road 86, known as the Elkhead slide.

"The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has offered approximately $582,000 on a dollar for dollar match to repair the Cog and Elkhead slides," Paul Draper, Routt County Road and Bridge director, wrote in an e-mail to county officials and residents. "These funds will be expended this summer and fall."

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs administers energy impact funds. The money will pay for the design and repair work, said Tammie Crawford, field coordinator for the Road and Bridge Department.

Yeh and Associates, a geotechnical engineering firm, has been hired to design the Cog Road repair, Draper wrote. He expects the project to be bid in late June and early July. Construction would occur in late summer or early fall, Draper wrote.

Frank Roitsch, who lives above the Cog Road slide area, said he was thrilled.

"We out on the Cog are ecstatic that this project's moving ahead to improve our safety and our ability to continue to get back and forth into the Hayden, Steamboat area," Roitsch said.

The energy impact funding came in about $340,000 less than Routt County requested, County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak wrote in an e-mail.

The Board of County Commissioners "has identified these two slide areas as priority projects to complete this year and have allocated additional county monies to make sure that happens," she wrote.

Lynda Vaillancourt, who lives off the Cog Road, said the road has been one lane all winter but hasn't slid much this spring. She said she was glad that county officials followed through on pledges to help.

"We're very happy that we actually have a plan now, a deadline and a budget," Vaillancourt said.

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