Pitkin County OKs $600k for infrastructure repair
Pitkin County commissioners on Tuesday approved spending more than $600,000 to improve roads and other infrastructure throughout the county this summer and fall.
The total cost of $607,000 will go toward eight separate projects, said G.R. Fielding, county engineer. The money will come out of a capital improvement fund where savings of nearly $1 million from 2015 carried over to this year, he said.
The most expensive project will be repairs to the South Bridge of Redstone, across from the Coke Ovens, which has been flagged by the state and needs to be fixed this year, Fielding said. The problem is that bedrock under a bridge abutment is breaking apart and has created a void, which is expected to cost $250,000 to fix, according to a memo from Fielding to commissioners.
The bridge, located at the main entrance to Redstone, was built in 1947 and is the oldest span in the county, Fielding said. The fix should be completed by fall, according to the memo.
Next is the wall along Red Mountain Road above Willoughby Way, which will require $175,000 to repair a section that has failed and to install a culvert underneath the wall in an 80-foot section of Salvation Ditch, according to the memo and Fielding. The pipe will protect the wall from erosion when the ditch is running, he said.
Hunter Creek and Conundrum Creek roads also will get some attention. Both roads will be repaved with asphalt for about $132,000, according to the memo.
Owl Creek Road will require $110,000 to repair damage by a spring that has surfaced in one of the drive lanes between East Owl Creek Ranch and Owl Creek Ranch subdivisions, the memo states. A plan for the fix has not yet been determined, according to the memo.
Next, Fielding and other county officials in charge of infrastructure will spend $65,000 investigating areas of certain roads where the ground beneath the pavement has moved, Fielding said. While none of the areas are in immediate need of repair, county officials want to know how deep the problems go and how much the ground is moving, the memo states.
“Maroon Creek (Road), Gerbaz Way and Watson Divide (Road) are high on staff’s list for investigation,” Fielding wrote in the memo.
The underpass at the Aspen Business Center also is in need of maintenance because snowmelt capability has failed in two sections, Fielding said. One section is about 25-feet long and 10-feet wide, while the other is 10-feet long and 10-feet wide, he said.
Most likely, electrical wires that melt the snow were packed down when the concrete was poured, burned through insulation surrounding the wires and shorted out, Fielding said. The underpass is a few years old and no longer under warranty, he said.
Lastly, officials plan to spend $50,000 repairing guardrails throughout the county and another $25,000 to update signs in the Old Snowmass and Capitol Creek areas, according to the memo.
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