With the lack of moisture in Colorado early in March, contractors and Elbert County Road and Bridge made an early start on road repairs and construction throughout the county this spring. This news is especially good for residents who have been …
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With the lack of moisture in Colorado early in March, contractors and Elbert County Road and Bridge made an early start on road repairs and construction throughout the county this spring. This news is especially good for residents who have been dealing with the construction along County Road 29 since last fall.
Despite heavy rain during last weekend in April, crews were able to complete paving on April 29. Workers will add the finishing touches during the first two weeks in May, such as striping, signage and seeding, so drivers can anticipate most of the cones being removed by mid-May.
The four-mile segment of new paving was designed with a 20-year life cycle, and in addition to asphalt resurfacing, the project includes tilled cement mixtures in subgrade soils and water drainage improvements. The project, however, has not proceeded without some setbacks.
“We've experienced a lot of trouble with traffic control,” said County Manager Ed Ehmann. “We've had multiple people driving through the area ignoring our traffic control, cutting through the construction zones and driving into our construction work area.”
On the final day of paving, a driver cut through the construction area where workers were prepping for new pavement, forcing crews to stop work to repair the damage before paving. Though there were no accidents reported during the construction, Ehmann said the damage done by drivers who ignored signaling delayed the project and increased the overall cost to taxpayers.
“We would like to ask that residents comply with the traffic rules in all construction zones for the safety of the public and the construction workers,” Ehmann said.
County Road 29 is a major thoroughfare in northwestern Elbert County, and Ehmann said the improvement to the four-mile segment is expected to relieve the pressure on other roads in the area as well as being a huge benefit to those residents who live in the communities adjacent to the road.
The County Road 29 paving project was funded in part by a $983,000 Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant, along with a $2.5 million match from Elbert County's sales and use revenue. The county had hoped to begin work on the project in 2013, but did not have enough matching funds to be eligible for a DOLA grant. The county commissioners recently approved more than $300,000 of addition funds to complete the project.
DOLA is an arm of Colorado that brands itself as the “Face of State Government.” It assists local governments with subject matter experts and funding for community development such as transportation infrastructure, emergency response agencies, rural health-care programs, water and sewer systems and rural economic development efforts.
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