Elbert County eyes problems for graders, snow plows

Department looks for ways to deal with areas too small to turn around

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 3/1/21

The road and bridge department has reached out to the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners for help in navigating several spots in the county that don’t allow enough room for the crews to …

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Elbert County eyes problems for graders, snow plows

Department looks for ways to deal with areas too small to turn around

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The road and bridge department has reached out to the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners for help in navigating several spots in the county that don’t allow enough room for the crews to turn around when using heavy equipment such as road graders and snow plows. During the Feb. 24 BOCC meeting, the department opened a discussion with commissioners about negotiating right-of-way agreements for cul-de-sacs in two troublesome areas.

“We are looking for authority to negotiate right-of-ways or cul-de-sacs at two locations, which would provide an opportunity for our road grader operators and heavy equipment operators to turn around,” said Elbert County Attorney Bart Greer. “And in inclement weather that would allow them to better maintain those areas.”

The issue was presented as a discussion item at the recent meeting, but Greer said he anticipates it will become an action or consent item at the next meeting, after the road and bridge department has created more specific details to present to the public.

“The two roads in question are County Roads 114 and 124, which are either a dead end, or a road that becomes private and is gated, with a limited ability to turn road maintenance equipment around,” said Chris Richardson.

Richardson said he does not believe the county is looking to purchase either of the right-of-ways, but would rather involve moving some fencing around or other minor in-kind work.

“Any final decision involving real estate is a board decision that would be made in a public meeting,” said Richardson.

Elbert County Road and Bridge Department maintains nearly 1,800 miles of county roads. For more information on future discussions visit www.elbertcounty-co.gov and click on the meeting and agenda tabs.

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