Boulder County panel weighs road rehabilitation options
Daily Times-Call (Longmont, CO), 2014-02-21
Feb. 21--Members of a panel charged with advising Boulder County on its program of rehabilitating county roads in residential subdivisions appeared to agree Thursday that they wanted the most cost effective and efficient approach taken.
That was one of the tentative directions a seven-member Subdivision Paving Local Improvement District Advisory Committee made known to the county Transportation Department staff.
That appeared to favor at least one of several road rehabilitation policy options the county staff presented to the panel during the committee's initial meeting.
Under that option, Boulder County would initially focus on overlaying and chip-sealing subdivision roads whose pavements are currently categorized to be in fair condition to prevent those roadways from falling into poor condition.
However, it could also mean that roads now judged to be in poor condition would remain that way for several more years before the county can get to reconstructing them.
The committee made no formal recommendations, however, and is expected to meet again as early as next Wednesday.
Whatever policies the advisory panel does eventually recommend should be agreed and voted upon by the end of March, several members emphasized, because the Transportation Department hopes to get the first year of a 15-year program of rehabilitated subdivision roads begun during this spring's construction season start up.
The county staff estimated that about $4.5 million will be available in this year's budget for the first year of the local improvement district road rehabilitation work.
Under the option that seemed to get some support from several of the committee members on Thursday night, that first year of work might include applying asphalt overlay to 15 miles of roads, chip-sealing another 10 miles of roads and reconstructing two miles of subdivision roads.
The county's LID program remains controversial because the bulk of the 15 years of road rehabilitation costs will be paid by assessments charged to the owners of about 10,900 properties in nearly 120 subdivisions in unincorporated Boulder County. A lawsuit filed in November by the owners of eight of those properties, later joined by another 102 property owners, is challenging the county's authority to form the LID and impose those assessments.
Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle told committee members that the purpose of the panel is not one of determining wether the LID should have been formed or continue to exist, but to help guide the road rehabilitation projects that the district will be funding now that it has been formed.
Contact Times-Call staff writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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