Plans are underway to repair a portion of 58 ½ Road just south of Collbran that is unsafe because of a reoccurring landslide.
Mesa County officials last fall closed a portion of the road from Highway 330 to the intersection of OE Road. The road will be closed until sometime in 2016 when repairs are made and the road is once again safe to use.
“Over the years, this road has always slid and sloughed,” said Julie Constan, a Mesa County senior engineer in charge of the project. “Last fall, it sloughed 3 to 4 feet, and it’s continuing to slough.”
The road is sliding both horizontally and vertically.
The Mesa County Commissioners this morning approved a $271,215 contract with local firm SGM Consultants to help determine how best to fix the issue.
Mesa County officials understand the road closure is inconvenient for residents, but the closure is necessary to ensure public safety.
A number of open houses will be held to gather input from the community on design alternatives and provide information as the project progresses. Dates for those have not yet been set.
Residents may contact Julie Constan at Julie.email@example.com or (970) 255-5045 for more information.
Members of the media: Please call Veronica Daehn Harvey at (970) 248-6927 or (970) 628-6866.