Grand County officials say there’s no practical way to make CR 804 safer |

Grand County officials say there’s no practical way to make CR 804 safer

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Kathy Kielkopf, who sought signatures for a petition to make County Road 804 behind Safeway safer, did not get the county response she had hoped for Tuesday.

“I am discouraged,” she said after the commissioners’ meeting. “I have to think of my next strategy, I guess.”

Kielkopf presented to commissioners a petition of names she’d collected from residents of Waterside West, Park Meadows and Winter Park Lodge of Fraser. The petition called for a three-way stop, crosswalks, a lowered speed limit and pedestrian sidewalks at the bottom curve of CR 804 ” an area Kielkopf feels may be the site of an inevitable accident if more safety measures aren’t taken.

“They need to put something there to slow people down and they need to have some way to get pedestrians across there,” she said.

But Kielkopf, a former nurse who lives on CR 804, was told Tuesday that the county had limited options for the popular stretch leading to Winter Park Ranch.

A crosswalk would compound the safety hazard of sitting at the bottom of down-sloping stretch of an icy road, said County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.

And, “there’s no place to move that road without taking out people’s houses,” she said.

An engineer had looked at the possibility of correcting the road’s steep grade, said Road and Bridge Supervisor Ken Haynes, who reported back to the county that the cost of dealing with underground sewer, electrical and water would not only shut down the road for two months, but cost around $1.2 million. Such an exercise would also mean condemnation of houses along the road.

Since the county is unwilling to undertake the project, Underbrink Curran told Kielkopf one of the few options left was to communicate with Fraser about a trail along the road where people walk to and from the condominiums.

“There’s certain things counties and towns just inherit,” she said about the steep road.

In other news …

– Grand County will be asking the Colorado Department of Transportation to evaluate certain stretches of road. Commissioners resolved Tuesday to have CDOT examine whether speed limits should be lowered on U.S. Highway 40 leading into and through unincorporated Tabernash. The current speed is 40 mph through the enclave.

Also for Highway 40, commissioners are requesting CDOT look at the Red Dirt Hill stretch and submit whether a reduction in speed and/or acceleration-deceleration lane are needed.

– Grand County has decided to offer flu shots to not just its county employees, but to their immediate families as well. The flu shots will be administered through the public health office as a health benefit, estimated to cost the county around $6,480 for all eligible participants. County Manager Underbrink Curran said that extending flu shots to families is expected to save the county money by reducing employee sick days.

– A default hearing for the Hills at Winter Park Ranch was continued a third time since August due to a bank’s failure to produce a letter of credit, cost estimates for improvements and a signed subdivision improvement agreement to the county. The project has been taken over by developers working for New Frontier Bank of Greeley after ADS Builders and certain Upstreet developers defaulted on the project, leaving townhome buyers in foreclosure. The county warned the bank and the project’s new developers that if proper documents are not forwarded to the county by next Tuesday, they could face plat vacation.

– Willow Creek Logging was granted a special use permit for property near Parshall to allow heavy equipment storage and a portable saw and shredding mill. Bruce Crosby of the Colorado Division of Wildlife requested applicant Bruce Kohlwey allow for continued mule deer migration through the property.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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