Mesa roads to be improved
Two roads on the western flank of Grand Mesa will receive much-needed improvements under a pair of agreements signed by the Mesa County Commission on Monday.
The county and the U.S. Forest Service will jointly cover the cost of repairing and sealing a five-mile stretch of Lands End Road between the Lands End Observatory and where the pavement ends on the east end of the road. They also will share in the cost of reconditioning Forest Service Road 105, also known as Anderson Reservoir Road.
A county staff report indicates the five-mile section of Lands End Road is in need of heavy rehabilitation, spot repairs and a sealant to rejuvenate the road’s surface.
A report on Anderson Reservoir Road indicates that 7.1 miles of the 8.7-mile road has deteriorated from one suitable for passenger cars to one that can only be navigated by four-wheel-drive vehicles.
The road is used to access major communication towers and haul timber, as well as by hunters, anglers and Grand Junction city employees for reservoir maintenance.
“It’s old and has gone on for several years without any significant improvements,” said Eric Bruton, supervisor for the county Road and Bridge Department.
Bruton said he didn’t know the total cost of the projects. The report for Anderson Reservoir Road indicates the county will provide $57,000 worth of in-kind services for salaries, equipment and labor, while the Forest Service will provide mobile rock crusher parts valued at more than $35,000 to rebuild the road.
The report for Lands End Road indicates the county can bill the Forest Service for up to $22,500 to cover the cost of asphalt and fuel.