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Posted on: Apr 8 16

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Boulder County Commissioners Elise Jones and Deb Gardner signaled their support Thursday for a $53.8 million package of road, bridge, transit and trails spending, and equipment and vehicle purchases, that the county Transportation Department has proposed for this year.

Transportation Director George Gerstle spent much of his presentation of that overall 2016 capital improvements program focusing on the $29.9 million expected to be spent by the end of the year on the latest set of repairs and replacements of roads and bridges destroyed in the September 2013 floods.

“Road and bridge flood repairs are dominating the program in 2016,” Gerstle said.

Officials have estimated that flood damages to Boulder County’s transportation network amounted to $120 million, and work on emergency, and then temporary, and then permanent repairs has been underway for more than 2  years.

If things proceed as planned the rest of this year, by the start of 2017, Boulder County should have completed or at least started construction on between $50 and $70 million worth of transportation flood-recovery projects, Gerstle said.

Already, during the first quarter of 2016, about $11 million in such flood-recovery transportation projects are being constructed, Gerstle told the commissioners.

Jones and Gardner emphasized the importance of flood-recovery projects that have been completed, still underway, or planned for later this year or in coming years— even though, Jones said, “for many people of the county, the flood is a dim memory.”

Commissioner Cindy Domenico did not attend Thursday’s meeting.

The only member of the general public who spoke at the commissioners’ Thursday public hearing on the Transportation Department’s 2016 Capital Improvement Program was Valerie Conway, a Fourmile Canyon Drive resident who had questions about the design, timing and coordination of constructing a combination of road repairs, separately funded stream and watershed restoration work, and property owners’ restorations of the private roads and bridges they use for access to the public county road.

Gerstle said those designs, plans and construction will be coordinated, as much as possible, and that a community meeting for residents of Conway’s neighborhood will be held in a month or so to present the latest creek and road work designs.  Source:  Longmont Times call

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