Cog Road project delayed

Contractor waiting for steel; new completion date is Dec. 31

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— The Cog Road slide repair project near Hayden has been delayed until mid-November.

Heather McLaughlin, senior engineer for the Routt County Road and Bridge Department, said the contractor, American Civil Constructors, was waiting for steel from the manufacturer to begin the project. The steel will be used to build the wall to prevent the continual slide of Routt County Road 76, know as the Cog Road.

McLaughlin said the steel was the first component needed to build the wall.

“It’s all pending on steel,” she said. “Unfortunately, we can’t hold anyone to it. It’s not the contractor’s fault. It’s the steel guys’ fault.”

Because the project initially was expected to be finished Nov. 25, McLaughlin said the contract with American Civil Constructors, of Lakewood, had to be amended. She said the new expected completion date is Dec. 31.

Lynda Vaillancourt, a resident who lives off the Cog Road, had wondered whether the county had abandoned the project. She said workers began marking the road about a month ago but that she hasn’t seen anyone since.

“It’s a big concern to us because if that road is inaccessible, we’ll have to drive almost to Craig to get back to Hayden,” she said, referring to a route around Elkhead Reservoir. “It would really leave us stranded, but we understand the constraints. It’s good to know they’re not backing out of it and it’s just a logistics problem.”

Vaillancourt said she was concerned because it took so long to get the county out to the Cog Road last year with engineers for a study about what repairs it required. She also expressed concern with school buses and emergency service vehicles’ use of the road.

During construction, McLau­gh­­lin said there would be no road closures. She said school buses would not be delayed, but motorists could experience minor delays, if any.

The Routt County Board of Commissioners in September approved a $1.2 million contract with American Civil Construc­tors, the lowest of four bidders for the project. The county received a $582,000 Department of Local Affairs energy impact grant. The county is paying for the rest.

The Cog Road slide has been getting worse for years, McLaughlin said. She said the major part of the slide occurred two years ago. When the project to repair it is complete, a wall that will include a guardrail will anchor the road.

McLaughlin said work along C.R. 86 at the Elkhead slide in the western part of the county nearly is finished. That project includes widening the road to two lanes.

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