Kevin O’Reilly: Road projects and local workers |

Kevin O’Reilly: Road projects and local workers

I have worked with CDOT on road projects in Summit County for many years, and would like to add some facts to this opinion. CJ asks: “… so why is it that the Hwy. 9 project is given to a Denver contractor?” CDOT is mandated by law to award the contract to the low bidder. Sometimes local companies are the low bid, and sometimes out-of-town companies are the low bid. When out-of-town companies work in the county, they hire many laborers, flaggers and truck drivers. They also pay for housing, food and gas in the county. CJ hopes the government will put their money in locals’ pockets to finish the highway project. Over the last seven years, all of the paving and concrete work on Hwy. 9 has been done by local companies with material from Summit County. I know these local companies take pride in their work.

Finally CJ states: “Poor compaction on the north-bound shoulder just before Tiger Road has resulted in some bad accidents this winter.” CDOT did a minor overlay in that area last year, but nothing has been done with the shoulder there in over 10 years. I have been in contact with Colorado State Patrol about accident history in that area and they see no relevance in road design or potholes. They state that a major cause is driver error.

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