County, mine rehabilitates section of Ute Pass |

County, mine rehabilitates section of Ute Pass

Tonya Bina
Grand County CO Colorado

A paving project on Ute Pass reflects a private-and-public road partnership in Grand County.

A 3.7-mile section of paved road in Grand County up to the Summit County border is being rehabilitated. The old pavement is about 30 years old, according to Grand County Road and Bridge Superintendent Ken Haynes.

The proposed county road and bridge project is slated to cost about $850,000, with one-third of the cost attributed to replacing guardrails. According to Haynes, the Freeport-McMoRan Company of Climax Molybdenum’s Henderson (mine) Operations is footing the bill for the guardrail improvements for the safety of its employees.

About 8.7 of Grand County miles of Ute Pass County Road 3 are paved in two sections, with the remaining 5 paved miles from Parshall to the Williams Fork crossing “in pretty good shape” from an overlay in 2005, according to Haynes.

Cutler Re-paving Inc. of Greeley has been selected for the road rehabilitation, and Ideal Fence Company of Pueblo has been chosen for guardrail work.

In total, there are 27 Ute Pass miles in Grand County, most of which remains gravel.