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County Secures Grant for Phase 2 of Regional Road Project

Phase 1 of the Regional Road Project got underway in the summer of 2014 with over 7 miles of roads paved in the Coal Creek area south of Florence. Phase 2 this summer will include new pavement on North & South Frazier in Florence

The second phase of a five year road improvement project in the area south of Florence impacted by oil and gas development will get underway this summer thanks to another grant award from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).   DOLA Interim Executive Director Kevin Patterson has announced that Fremont County has been awarded an Energy and Mineral Impact Grant totaling $351,349 for Phase 2 of the Fremont County Regional Road Project.   The grant award is being matched by $351,350 in local matching funds, equipment, materials, and manpower to complete the work.

Work on Phase 2 to be completed this summer through coordination by the Fremont County Department of Transportation will include milling of old asphalt and the application of a 3-inch asphalt overlay of one mile of North and South Frazier Avenue in Florence and applying a 3-inch asphalt overlay to 1.85 miles of County and Coal Creek Roads 13, 13A, and 84A southwest of Florence.    The five year road improvement project came about through the cooperation of Fremont County, the City of Florence, and the towns of Coal Creek, Rockvale, and Williamsburg to deal with impacts from heavy truck traffic associated with oil drilling activity in that area.

An Energy and Mineral Impact Grant of $608,000 last year helped initiate the $1.4 million Phase 1 of the road improvement project which covered 7 ½ miles and included 2.4 miles of new asphalt.

The Phase 2 grant award by DOLA came after a March 17th grant hearing in Broomfield in which County Transportation Director Anthony Adamic, Florence City Manager Mike Patterson, and Fremont County Commission Chairman Ed Norden presented the grant application to the grant review committee.