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Granby finalizes Highway 40 annexation

by Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Looking at Highway 40 from the bridge over the Fraser River to past City Market is like looking at a timeline of Granby annexations that overlap the roadway.

But the most recent one is of the highway itself and the strip of right of way along either side of it.

Granby Town Board members finalized this annexation last night with a series of votes that will serve to clean up what used to be a patchwork of highway property ownership, alternating between county and town.

This had been a problem for Granby police who found that segment of highway confusing when trying to figure out what was in town limits and what wasn’t ” a problem when officers pulled over speeders or responded to accidents.

The annexation creates a unified strip of highway all in Granby limits, save for a 50-plus-foot section that will remain in the county limits.

That small section of Highway 40 meets Sixth Street and County Road 60. Since work is slated to be done to correct the awkward intersection, the town left that segment in the county’s jurisdiction to streamline work and save the town an extra expense.

Speed limit changes on annexed highway

Motorists traveling south on Highway 40 over the bridge near Kaibab Park in Granby take heed: Drivers are now required to maintain 30 mph much farther than before.

The speed limit sign changed a digit Monday, from 50 mph to 30 mph.

Granby Police Chief Bill Housley said the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to a request from the local force, but it wasn’t quite what the department had intended.

Because of problems with motorists speeding on the bridge, creating a dangerous situation immediately after the bridge where two roads feed into Highway 40, the department asked CDOT to move the 50 mph sign farther south so motorists would not see it while driving on the bridge, causing temptation to accelerate sooner.

“People got confused seeing the 50 mph sign,” Housley said.

Instead, CDOT’s solution was to lower the speed and keep the sign where it always has been.

“It’s especially important to keep that speed down on the bridge,” Housley said.

Developer issues

The Granby Board of Trustees approved a second amendment to the plan development of Granby Ranch.

The second amendment to the preliminary plan revises road standards, transfers residential and non-residential density between certain planning areas, and expands the permissible use of individual disposal systems.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.


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