County Road 17 rockslide repairs won’t come cheap

by Dalton Carver

After a massive rock slide in early March, County Road 17 will require significant repairs and rock scaling, but the Board of County Commissioners isn’t sure where money will come from to fund the fixes, which could cost as much as $400,000.
After the rockslide occurred around 7:30 a.m. on March 8, County Road 17 was closed and remains that way until the rocks can be cleared and repairs can be made to a gas line damaged by the natural event. The rocks that fell to the road surface are suspected to have damaged the line that supplies gas to the City of Ouray and Whispering Pines.
Black Hills Energy has plans to install a temporary bypass line into the main until the area is safe enough for a full repair. Company workers will be on the site of the slide this week to expose the six-inch steel gas main beneath the roadway to install a new, two-inch steel temporary main. The new main will be...

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