Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials from the agency's Region 3 gave an annual update on activities and future plans to the Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 18.
CDOT spent $1.2 million on road maintenance projects in Delta County in 2012.
Snow plowing and mag-chloride treatments for ice control comprised the biggest item in that expense account at $477,308.
Other maintenance included roadway surfacing, $371,378; roadside facilities including fences, sweeping, trash pickup and road kill removal, $169,253; and traffic services including guardrail and signal repair and sign posts, $89,037.
The agency will begin advertising in December or January for bids on the SH92 railroad overpass project at Stengel's Hill. The agency notes the section of highway is performing below average when compared with other similar stretches of highway.
"The (safety data) includes 24 accidents involving an injury and one fatality," explains a project narrative. "This project will mitigate a high percentage of rear-end and overturning accidents as well as improve line-of-sight distance and eliminate unexpected stopping situations." CDOT has been "saving money" for four years on the estimated $14-$15 million project and received the final $3 million in July, CDOT officials told the BOCC.
Improvements are also on the priority list for the intersection of SH92 and SH65. The intersection has also been accident prone and problems with visibility and the need for an eastbound acceleration lane have been cited. Design work will be under way in 2014.
Another SH92 project CDOT is taking on "will design and build reconstruction and shoulder widening over Rogers Mesa. The corridor has been surveyed and funding has been allocated to begin preliminary engineering," the agency reports.
CDOT's budget of about $1.1 billion has been static for several years. Money needs are being augmented by vehicle registration fees, cash flow management strategies, and perhaps by a state ballot initiative being considered that would raise money for roads, including ones in Delta County, if voters approve.blog comments powered by Disqus