Silt accepts $500K to build roundabout |

Silt accepts $500K to build roundabout

Heidi Rice
Garfield county correspodent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT ” Construction of a roundabout at the Ninth and Main Street intersection in Silt is expected to begin in July or August and be completed around November.

Silt Town Board members on Monday night accepted a $500,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation for the project, which could ultimately cost between $750,000 and $1.5 million, said Mayor Dave Moore.

Along with the CDOT grant, the town hopes to receive funding from the Department of Local Affairs and will provide a 20 percent matching grant from its own coffers.

Construction of the roundabout, which will be on state Highway 6 (also known as Main Street) and Ninth, will not close down the road, but may slow down traffic.

“They’ll have traffic control and people will still be able to use Highway 6,” Moore said. “But at times it will probably be slowed down.”

The reason for the roundabout is the increased traffic the town is seeing, which oftentimes backs up traffic all the way to Interstate 70, Moore said.

Along with the roundabout, the town of Silt would also like to make other improvements to the highway through town and put diagonal and parallel parking through town as well as wider sidewalks and planting of trees.

“We want to make mammoth improvements to downtown,” Moore said. “We want to make new buildings look like historic buildings.”

Toll booths still on the books

While town board members have made no decision about whether or not they would put a toll booth on town roads to offset street impacts, the board on Monday night approved a $60,000 grant from CDOT for a traffic impact analysis to determine what the effects on town roads might be.

“We are sick and tired of our roads being pounded and pounded, day after day and (the industries) not paying a dime,” Moore said.

In January, Moore presented the idea of setting up a toll booth to make truck traffic pay for the impacts they had on town roads.

The idea was brought before the town board, but no decision has yet been made.

Moore said his initial idea is to charge $2 each way at the toll booth, which would likely generate $1,500 to $2,000 per day.

“We’ve got to get a system in place to get them to pay their way,” he said.

Those who would most likely pay would be truck traffic from the oil and gas industry as well as those working at the gravel pits, he said. A handful of residents would also be affected, but would most likely pay at a discounted rate, if at all.

“If something isn’t done, we will have to shut the roads down,” Moore said.

But the idea of a toll booth is certainly not a done deal.

“There are several concerns,” Moore said. “We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t violate any TABOR laws.”

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