Monday, January 25, 2016

Buckskin Hill Road to be rebuilt, thanks to state grant

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning gave the go-ahead for the Public Works Department to accept grant money from the state's Department of Local Affairs, ensuring Buckskin Hill Road will be rebuilt.

Buckskin Hill Road is 58 1/2 Road just south of Collbran. It has been closed since the fall of 2014, after the edge slid about 4 feet.

Total project cost to stabilize the hillside with soil anchors and then rebuild the road is an estimated $3.3 million.  The DOLA grant will fund $1.65 million of that, while the county will pick up the other half.

County engineers say the project should be completed during the 2016 construction season.

"We are very supportive of this plan," said Commissioner Rose Pugliese. "People who live up there are concerned about emergency services. Plus, the road closure affects economic development by limiting access to small businesses."

Added Commissioner John Justman: "I think it's a good project, and it needs to be done."

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