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Shadow Mountain improvement ready for phase 3

Patrick Kelly

The Shadow Mountain Village Improvement Project is two-thirds complete and ready to enter the third and final phase next spring.

"We got caught back up on our schedule," said Roy Tipton, Moffat County Development Services director.

Phase 1 was disrupted by unforeseen circumstances in 2014, but lost time was recouped during phase 2 in 2015. Next spring, $1.4 million from the Department of Local Affairs will fund the completion of the project.

The total cost of the project is approximately $8 million and will remedy outdated and insufficient water lines in the Shadow Mountain neighborhood.

Shadow Mountain was originally developed as housing for the workers building Craig Station in the 1970s. It was rezoned in 1985, allowing for purchase of property and permanent residence, which would lean to a strain on the neighborhood's infrastructure.

"When they built it they thought it was going to be there for 10 years, they didn't expect it to be permanent," Tipton said.

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In the Nov. 2013 election, 76 percent of Shadow Mountain residents voted for the Shadow Mountain Village Local Improvement District and impose a tax upon themselves to help fund an effort to improve sewer and water lines.

Initially estimated at around $6.4 million, the project is now expected to cost just over $8 million.

The funding comes in the form of $3 million from Moffat County, $500,000 from the City of Craig, $1 million from the local improvement district and $3.67 million from DOLA.

Phase three will begin next spring and cover all of Sequoia Street and some of Maple Street, Tipton said.

"We are in pretty good shape, we're on schedule," Tipton said, noting that projects of this magnitude do not come without hiccups.

Shadow Mountain falls within Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe's District 3.

"It's progressing well, the majority of the residents there can see the result of their votes for the local improvement district," he said. "I'm sure they're all going to be happy this time next year when the third phase is completed."

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