Shadow Mountain project moves forward after tough year |

Shadow Mountain project moves forward after tough year

Janelle O'Dea

— Despite all of the roadblocks the Shadow Mountain project ran into last year, Office of Development Services Director Roy Tipton said he’s determined to keep the project in its original three-year time frame.

Tipton, along with SGM Engineering Inc. Civil Engineer Chris Lehrman, updated the Craig City Council and Moffat County Commissioners at a joint meeting last Tuesday.

The plan is now to finish Phase 1 and Phase 2 simultaneously “so we can get back on track,” Tipton said. The project has three phases to complete.

The cost to Shadow Mountain residents will be significantly lower than what originally was predicted, but Tipton still has work to do to find out how much of a reduction there will be.

Setting the fees for residents is tentatively scheduled for the Feb. 24 Moffat County Commissioner’s meeting, but it may have to be rescheduled.

“Money from the state revolving water and wastewater fund is a flow-through from the EPA, and the EPA has just given me more requirements,” Tipton said. “Until I work through that, I can’t say what that number’s going to be.”

Last year when Rundle Construction worked on the first phase, they discovered groundwater that was unknown to them at the beginning of the project. The unexpected water discovery and heavy rains complicated completing phase one.

At first the sewer lines were designed to be close to the original sewer lines, but now “we’re as far as we can be from the sewer lines,” Tipton said, so that crews can avoid any other groundwater issues.

Rundle Construction did not return to bid for the second phase of the project.

Instead, Tipton said as long as the vote goes well at the Moffat County Commissioner’s meeting this week, Native Excavation would be the general contractor for phase two.

They’ll have three sub-contracted firms; Elam Construction for asphalt work; Schindler Plumbing to do hookups to the houses; and Pour Boys for concrete work.

Ground broke on the

$6.3 million project in June, and planned improvements include replacing the roads, sidewalks and the sewer system in the neighborhood.

A community meeting for Shadow Mountain residents is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the American Legion Hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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