OURAY COUNTY: User groups talk cooperation on CR 361

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As the herds of Jeeps, OHVs, commuters, climbers and other seasonal user groups prepare to hit County Road 361 this summer, the Board of County Commissioners hosted a work session on Tuesday with local stakeholders, in an effort to plan and promote the safety and enjoyment of everyone on Camp Bird Road.

As the herds of Jeeps, OHVs, commuters, climbers and other seasonal user groups prepare to hit County Road 361 this summer, the Board of County Commissioners hosted a work session on Tuesday with local stakeholders, in an effort to plan and promote the safety and enjoyment of everyone on Camp Bird Road.
Board chair Lynn Padgett said the county is hoping to “hit the summer running” and road construction projects, a busy tourist season and increased production at the mines will all contribute to a hectic season on the county road. Tuesday’s work session proved to be a productive meeting to properly plan and prepare for solutions to any possible conflicts that may arise among the road’s vast array of user groups.
Interested parties attending the work session included employees at the Revenue-Virginius mine, Ouray Chamber Resort Association, Ouray Police Department, individual OHV users, residents, business owners and guide services.
Each year, thousands of locals and tourists can be found driving up and down Camp Bird Road throughout the summer season. Road and Bridge supervisor Chris Miller reported that nearly 20,000 users will journey the popular roadway around the Fourth of July holiday alone.
The county road serves as a gateway to popular off-road and Jeeping trails, including Imogene Pass and Yankee Boy Basin. The road is also the only means of access to the county’s operating mine sites.
With so many users taking to the popular path, there are plenty of concerns for the safety of all who travel along the often dangerous road.
Top safety issues discussed during Tuesday’s work session included...

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