Moffat County, Craig officials discuss Shadow Mountain progress
August 21, 2014
Craig — The Phase 1 stage of the Shadow Mountain construction project is well underway, a fact not lost on the residents of the subdivision who met Thursday night at American Legion Post 62 to talk with county and city officials about what they can continue to expect from the work happening around them.
The plans to update the Shadow Mountain infrastructure of streets, sidewalks and water and sewage systems have gone more slowly than anticipated, partly because of the outdated materials used when first put in place in the 1970s, said Director of Moffat County Development Services Roy Tipton, who presented a quick slideshow of answers to basic questions he has received about the construction, such as the frequency of water outages with the replacement of pipes, street closures and most importantly the safety.
Residents asked about the access for emergency vehicles, should the need arise, as well as services such as garbage collection, which Tipton said crews have tried to make as easy possible.
Another concern was brought up by school bus driver Colleen Monroy, who is arranging to move the bus stops for children in the sector away from heavy work zones.
"I don't want them walking across the street in construction," she said.
Monroy plans to have a pick-up at the American Legion for children living along the more western part of the area, with some other stops redirected across Shadow Mountain. With hardly any parents with school-aged children present, she urged those who might be affected to contact the Moffat County School District bus garage.
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Another request was for additional speed limit signs from the county to drive home the point for passing motorists to be cautious, which Tipton said he would take into consideration.
Tipton said those who have been coordinating the construction have made an effort to keep residents up to date with happenings online through Facebook and the Moffat County website, with work expected to run through November.
Ultimately, the project is expected to go through several phases, ending in 2017. Tipton said the goal is to finish in three years without the need for a fourth.
"Next year, we'll be picking up some time we lost this year," he said. "There were a lot of unknowns when we started, and there are a lot of variables to this thing."
When construction began earlier this summer, replacement of things such as older pipes and other materials took longer than expected to handle, but workers since have picked up speed.
"We're learning every day," field engineer Bruce Gray said. "I appreciate everyone's understanding, and thank you all for your patience."
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.