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Posted on August 2, 2016 at 3:43 PM by Jason Lederer
This week, Summit County’s design-build team of Ecological Resource Consultants/Tezak Heavy Equipment (ERC/Tezak) continues major earthwork operations on the Swan River Restoration project site. With large sections of the channel mass grading complete, efforts are also being directed towards constructing the stream structures (riffles, pools, and glides), which will provide important aquatic habitat once the project is complete.
Crews have even been able to transplant some large willows salvaged onsite into the newly constructed stream banks. These overhanging plants also provide important stream and riparian habitat, as well as help stabilize bank, riparian, and upland soils.
Fortunately, all indications are that the new channel will contain year round flows and not run dry seasonally, during typical flow years.
As offsite export activities begin ramping up we want to reaffirmed the County’s commitment to ensuring public safety through enforcement of traffic laws on Tiger Road and the Traffic Management Plan included in the County's rock milling Conditional Use Permit. We want to ensure that residents and visitors using Tiger Road are aware that trucking to the CDOT project has started, and trucking by the County Road and Bridge Department is likely to commence soon as well. The volume of this trucking is largely dependent on the timing of project needs, and is likely to continue until snow closes down the project this fall.
This is also a busy time for Tiger Road truck traffic associated with US Forest Service timber management, the gravel pit adjacent to (upstream) County property, as well as for recreational traffic and users. Extra care and diligence by all road users is strongly encouraged. If you have any concerns about trucks hauling materials to the CDOT project, please contact their hotline at 719-593-9239, or email at CDOTIronSprings@gmail.com. For comments or questions about trucks displaying County Logos, please contact the Summit County Road and Bridge Department at 970-668-3590.