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Routt County has spent $276,000 on repairing potholes this year, which is similar to previous years. This stretch of Routt County Road 18 off Colorado Highway 131 was one of the roads repaired.
Steamboat Springs The potholes in Routt County Roads are being filled with $276,000 worth of repairs during work that likely will wrap up this week.
Routt County Road and Bridge Department supervisor Paul Draper said crews have been working throughout the county on pothole repair, gravel work and chip-and-seal coverings.
Crews on Wednesday were finishing up pothole repair on Routt County Road 18 near Catamount Ranch. Draper said 36 workers, including four summer workers, have been deployed on county roads during the past months.
One major project this summer was River Road from city limits to the Tree Haus subdivision. Draper said that stretch of road is a continual problem because of water that seeps into the ground around it.
“We get so much water that comes up in the road,” he said. “That road performs poorly, from a pavement standpoint.”
That’s why the department also resurfaced the road with chip-and-seal, along with the portion of South Mount Werner Road from River Road to U.S. Highway 40, using a contractor from Carbondale. Draper said a total of $210,000 was dedicated to chip-and-seal work this year.
Draper said the budgets for all types of road work are about the same this year as in previous years.
Gravel work started at the beginning of the summer, but crews will be returning to C.R. 16 and C.R. 29 to do additional work and clean out the ditches.
Draper said Routt County tends to have more damage and required repair than neighboring areas because of the amount of moisture the county gets each year. The freeze-and-thaw cycle is the biggest cause of damage, he said.
County workers also are eyeing an upcoming project on Elk River Road where trees have fallen into the river. The fallen trees have diverted some water, which is eroding the nearby road.
Draper said crews will remove the trees and fix the damage in the coming weeks.
While Routt County is responsible for all county roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation oversees Colorado Highway 131 and U.S. 40 in Routt County, along with all other state roads.
Spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said CDOT will be working on Colorado Highway 14, from its intersection with U.S. 40 near Muddy Pass, starting Monday. The work will begin just over Rabbit Ears pass from Steamboat Springs and will continue for 11 miles down Colo. 14.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane on and off until the project’s end date of Sept. 28.
Construction work on U.S. 40 in downtown Steamboat will remain on hold until September.