Garfield County Commissioners Approve Three Special Use Permits as Requested by URSA

In a Special Meeting of the Garfield County Commissioners, the Commissioners approved three special use permits requested by URSA for projects within the Battlement Mesa PUD, commonly known as Pad B, Pad D and the 2.5 mile pipeline.  The decision came after nearly three days of testimony from the staff, the public and the applicant. 

BMSA Board of Directors Meeting Date Changes

The BMSA has announced that their monthly BMSA Board of Directors meeting for December will be held on Monday, December 14th at 9 AM in the Grand Valley Recreation Center rather than on Tuesday, December 15th as previously announced.  Beginning in January 2016 the BMSA Board of Directors will meet at 6 PM on the second Tuesday of every month.  The BMSA meetings are open to the public and you are invited to attend.  Please be aware that this is a trial period and that the dates and times may change again in July 2016.

The BMSA is the homeowners association for the 3,200 acre Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development (PUD) and is the community's governing body.


Garfield County Commissioners Consider URSA Special Use Permit

The Garfield County Commissioners will consider a Special Use Permit requested by URSA at their December 15, 2015 meeting.  This meeting will be held at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa, Colorado.  The BOCC meeting will beginat 9 AM; however the Commissioners will have other items on the agenda in addition to the the Special Use Permit, thus this issue may be discussed later in the day.  The meeting is open to the public.

Glenwood Springs Grand Avenue Bridge Project Receives Green Light

GARFIELD COUNTY/GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Colorado Transportation Commission, acting as the Bridge Enterprise Fund, has approved the supplemental budget required to allow the Grand Avenue Bridge project to move forward with construction.  The project will replace the existing Grand Avenue Bridge which brings SH 82 over the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The action by the Bridge Enterprise Fund came after the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the project submitted a bid of $68.4 million for construction that was accepted by CDOT.

“We are extremely excited by this decision”, said Steve Olson, Program Engineer for CDOT in Glenwood Springs.  “The people of Glenwood Springs and CDOT have worked together for four years planning this project.  We started with a community vision and ended with a bridge design that works for the users and is consistent with the context of this community.  We are ready to begin the construction phase that, when completed, will provide a safe, functional bridge and enhanced connections for the citizens of Glenwood Springs.”

The Colorado state legislature passed a bill in 2009 to fund a program to address the state’s poorly rated bridges. The Grand Avenue Bridge is one of approximately 150 bridges on the state system that has a “poor” rating and therefore has priority for the funding.

The project Construction Manager General Contractor, or CMGC, is the Granite Construction and RL Wadsworth Joint Venture from the Salt Lake City area.  The final budget for the project is $125.6 Million and is funded through the Bridge Enterprise Fund, CDOT, and contributions from utility companies, and several local governments including the City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, and Eagle County.  The Elected Officials Transportation Commission has also allocated funding to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) for the Fall 2017 detour phase of the project for enhanced transit services along the I-70 corridor, and within the City of Glenwood Springs.   

Work on an Environmental Assessment for the project began in the summer of 2011 after a CDOT study found the bridge to have functional, structural and safety deficiencies.  Through the process, CDOT had contact with over 3,000 individuals through an array of public outreach activities. The input gained was incorporated into the project design.  “The community’s over-riding desire was to make sure that the design of the bridge fit with the setting, which is downtown Glenwood and the North side of town,” said Tom Newland, public involvement consultant during the design process and CDOT Project Public Information Manager for the bridge construction.  “CDOT and Glenwood Springs wanted a bridge that was sensitive to the context of the community.  To realize this we provided continuous and meaningful involvement of the public and all stakeholders throughout the project development process.”

The project received a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in June, and since that time CDOT has been gathering funding sources and cutting costs to get the project in-line with budget estimates. That work was finalized earlier this week when the contractor and CDOT arrived at a cost acceptable to both parties.

The details of the project schedule are being finalized by the CMGC and CDOT, but it is anticipated that the project will begin in early January of 2016.  Initial work will include construction of the “causeways” or construction platforms at the pier locations on the south bank of the Colorado River.  Work will then be done to install a temporary walkway on the existing SH 82 vehicular bridge followed by removing the existing pedestrian bridge and replacing it with a new one that can structurally carry public utilities that are currently on the vehicle bridge over the river.

In 2016 and 2017, work will also be concentrated on the vehicle bridge.  Four lanes of traffic will be maintained on the bridge until the fall of 2017.  At that point, the bridge will be closed for three months and traffic re-routed over Midland Avenue and 8th Street.  During the complete bridge closure, the existing bridge will be removed and the remaining portions of the new bridge and associated approach improvements and roadways will be constructed.  Work during the closure will be performed by accelerated construction.

Through the initial 2016 phase of the project, motorists should be prepared to experience short traffic stops and lane closures.  The speed limit through the project area is expected to remain at 25 mph.

CDOT and the Granite Construction and RL Wadsworth Joint Venture greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation while going through the work zone. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone.

Those with questions or concerns about the project, or who want to receive updates on the project as it is constructed, may call, message or email Tom Newland, CDOT Project Public Information Manager, at (970) 618-9922,

Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this project will be available at  To receive project updates via e-mail, visit and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner:  


A rendering of the new Grand Avenue Bridge

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Tracy Trulove, Communications Manager Region 3 

P 970.384.3371  |  C 970.366.2502  |  F 970.947.5133

202 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

BMSA Notice of Resolutions

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Battlement Mesa Service Association, of the County of Garfield, State of Colorado will consider the adoption of Resolutions Regarding Voting by Mail in Lieu of a Meeting for Monument Creek Village, Tamarisk Village and Tamarisk Meadows and Resolution Concerning Mineral Extraction Within the PUD on the below-listed date and time at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa, Colorado.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 9 AM

This meeting is open to the public.

By Order of the Board of Directors
Battlement Mesa Service Association
John Shepherd, Secretary

Ursa Operating Company Community Meeting, 6:30pm, November 4th at Grand Valley Fire Station#1

Ursa Operating Company will hold its semi-annual Stakeholder meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 4th at the Grand Valley Fire Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road, Battlement Mesa, CO.  The public is invited.

I-70 East Bound at Mile Marker 97 has Reopened

Garfield County: 1:20 PM - I-70 East Bound that closed earlier today due to a serious accident has now reopened.

Traffic Alert: East Bound I-70 is Closed at Mile Marker 97

Garfield County: 9:01 AM - East Bound I-70 is closed at Mile Marker 97 due to a serious accident.  East Bound traffic is being routed off of I-70 at Silt on to US Highway 6.  West Bound traffic is not impacted by the accident.  It is unknown when the East Bound lanes will reopen.



Travel Alert: Hanging Lake Rest Area Will Be Closed on October 26th.

GARFIELD COUNTY/GLENWOOD CANYON — On Monday, Oct. 26, crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Glenwood Canyon project contractor will be performing necessary repairs to barrier and guardrail that were damaged earlier this summer in a rock fall incident. Equipment will be staged on the Hanging Lake rest area entrance/exit ramp necessitating the closure for the day.

TRAFFIC AND RECREATIONAL IMPACTS: The rest area will be closed to vehicles, however cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to access the Hanging Lake trailhead as the bike path will remain open.

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Tracy Trulove, Communications Manager Region 3 

P 970.384.3371  |  C 970.366.2502  |  F 970.947.5133

202 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Grand Valley Volleyball League Championship Game Against Coal Ridge, October 22, 2015, 6:30 PM

The Grand Valley High School NEEDS your support!  On October 22, 2015, the undefeated Grand Valley Volleyball team will play undeafeated Coal Ridge for the League Championship.  THe game starts at 6:30 PM.  Support your local TEAM!  Go Cardinals!! 


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