Road construction on time

Despite a late start, county projects are on schedule

— Although chip-and-seal projects on county roads got off to a late start this summer, the projects are on schedule.

Routt County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper said the county's preparation work started a week-and-a-half late. But the county's decision to use trucks for the chip-and-seal instead of for hauling gravel helped the county make up some time.

Draper said he has not received complaints about the projects.

"I've not had one call of complaint, which is fantastic considering we've done about 30 miles total," Draper said. "That's unbelievable for the traffic volumes we have."

The county had 7.7 miles of double chip-and-seal work scheduled, of which more than half is complete. Both chip-and-seal layers are on Routt County Road 14, or River Road. Second layers are needed on county roads 18, known as Pleasant Valley; 41; 78, known as Fredrickson's Hill; and 33, known as Eddy Hill.

After surfacing is complete, workers will fog seal the surface to hold the chips down and make the road black. Then they'll stripe the roads, Draper said.

The county also had about 31 miles of single chip-and-seal work scheduled, with sections of county roads 14 and 35, and sections of Woods Drive, to be finished.

Paving on C.R. 178 near Milner is to begin today, and C.R. 179 was closed Thursday for a railroad-crossing upgrade.

Difficulties with the contractors' wash plants, which are used to wash chips to get rid of dust that prevents oil from sticking to the chips, has created delays in the project.

The total cost of the single chip-and-seal is about $750,000, and the total cost of the double chip-and-seal is about $355,000.

Reduced speeds were required on roads that were being worked on to avoid accidents and prevent chips in car windshields, and Draper said the drivers have done a good job paying attention to reduced speeds.

"We have had excellent cooperation by the public adhering to the reduced speed limits through the projects, (which) reduces the damage to vehicles traveling in construction zones," he said.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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