Commissioners get options for CR14 intersection work

by Beecher Threatt

On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners received three options for re-engineering the intersection of County Road 14 and US 550 north of Ouray. The road’s angle of intersection with US 550 is hazardous for both entering and exiting CR 14.
Commissioner Ben Tisdel questioned why the engineering report addressed only the geometry of a re-design and not types of road surface and drainage. He hesitated to authorize payment to Russell Engineering without the additional information.
Steven Calkins, road superintendent, and Connie Hunt, county administrator, said they will request additional information from Russell and ask that it be included in the amount invoiced thus far.
Calkins said in drafting the re-designs the engineers considered minimization of landowner permissions and right-of-way acquisitions that would be required.
The invoice submitted was for work done to this point, Hunt said.
Calkins added that he does not think chip seal or paving would be recommended given the slope of the road, but he would ask Russell. The road is currently gravel.
Commissioners voted to authorize payment of the invoice along with other warrants submitted by Hunt.

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