unlikely to connect a realigned U.S. Highway 550 with a bridge
overpass still under construction on U.S. Highway 160 east of
Durango, and instead is looking at five alternatives.
several property owners on Florida Mesa have been contacted, but she
said the evaluation could take as long as two years before a decision
is made on the realignment.
and we have a new map that shows several proposed alternatives being
reviewed. ... It will be a very public procedure, and everyone will
be kept informed (about) what we're doing," Shanks said.
who could be impacted by construction, and the designs also will be
posted on the department's Web site in the coming weeks, she said.
realignment has been all but abandoned after the Webb family, which
owns the land across which the highway was to be built, challenged
the project last year after the discovery of numerous ancestral
Pueblo archaeological sites on the property. The bridge was built at
its current location to accommodate the realignment, but that will be
impossible if the road can't be built on the Webb property.
could be affected by the realignment as well as C&J Gravel north
of U.S. 160, said he has received his CDOT letter but remains
skeptical of the project. Gilleland said he and his neighbors worry
that the alignment will affect not only residents of the area, but it
also will have a negative impact on property values.
purchased on the mesa, he said, was bought as an investment, and
CDOT's decision could have a domino effect on real estate that has
sat untouched for generations.
those lots, and now they're tying up the potential we have for the
next two years. We were told a decision's coming somewhere around
December 2010," Gilleland said.
it's not just about the property owners; it's the big scope.
Here's CDOT spending $40 million on that bridge, and now they're
considering another that will not only cost millions to build, but
more millions to buy the land to get to it."
property owners who have been contacted by CDOT about alternative
unlikely that the bridge will ever be the northern terminus for U.S.
550 as originally planned, Shanks said it will serve its function in
providing access to U.S. 160 for those north of the highway. She said
Phase 2 of the interchange project will begin soon, and it includes
construction of an eastbound on-ramp from the bridge and a frontage
road south of the highway.
fully functional as planned, but as of now, it won't include that
connection," Shanks said.