Routt County could spend $105K on C.R. 14 engineering |

Routt County could spend $105K on C.R. 14 engineering

— The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider Tuesday whether to spend as much as $105,000 to contract with a local engineering firm to create construction drawings for right-of-way work that is part of the future straightening of Routt County Road 14 on the way to Stagecoach Reservoir.

The contract would be with Civil Design Consultants Inc. The county spent $1.2 million in 2011 to acquire small parcels of private land in the vicinity of the road. The intent is that the road someday would be straightened along a 5.2-mile stretch between Colorado Highway 131 and Stagecoach Reservoir about 12 miles south of Steamboat Springs.

The county was passed over in December 2011 for a $13.5 million federal highway grant that would have funded the construction project. It was the third time the county's application for a federal Tiger Grant under President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act had been rejected. County officials are not hopeful there will be another round of similar grants.

However, the county commissioners previously have said the road straightening is an important goal, and acquiring the land for the new rights-of-way never will be less expensive. They anticipate that someday the road project might be tackled in phases.

The commissioners will consider the engineering contract at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday in their hearing room on the third floor of the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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