03-29-2011, 02:16 PM
03-29-2011, 02:19 PM
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2011; MOAB, UT
Contact: Melinda Brimhall, Grand County Council Administrator
Mineral Bottom Road to Open March 29
The Mineral Bottom Road project partners, Grand County, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service and the USDOTís Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), are happy to announce that the Mineral Bottom Road switchbacks will be opened for public use starting on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The road, a key access point to the Green River and Canyonlands National Parkís White Rim Road, was closed following destruction of the switchback section of the route by a flash flood on August 19, 2010.
In September of 2010, the BLM, as the Public Land administrator, applied to CFLHD for emergency funding. This action was completed with the assistance of Grand County and supported by the National Park Service, Governor Gary Herbert, Congressman Jim Matheson, and various users of the road. In October, based upon preliminary engineering estimates, CFLHD allocated $1,950,000 for the repair and reconstruction of the switchbacks.
Itís noteworthy that the project is expected to be completed for about 50% of the budgeted funding at approximately $990,000. Additionally, the March 29 opening date is well ahead of the initial projected completion date of late summer or early fall. Multiple factors contributed to the favorable outcome of the project. CFLHD, using resource information provided by the BLM, was able to complete the environmental documentation for the project and obtain all required approvals in a timely manner. CFLHD performed both design and contract administration services on behalf of the BLM and Grand County. This enabled CFLHD to quickly engage the lead contractor, Moab-based KSUE Corporation. KSUE became a participant in project planning and mobilized staff and equipment to begin the repair work in mid-December. Other important factors speeding project completion were favorable weather conditions over the winter, the workability of the on-site fill material generated by blasting work, and the overall excellent working relationship among the project partners.
The need for rapid completion of the repair work was highlighted by an economic study conducted by the BLM. The analysis estimated that loss of access to the road for use by outfitters, residents and visitors, would have resulted in negative fiscal impact of nearly $5,000,000 per year to Grand Countyís economy. The potential economic impact along with the cost of repair being beyond the funding ability of local entities, were significant factors in qualifying for project funding through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program administered by CFLHD. The ERFO program provides assistance to repair and reconstruct federally owned roads and bridges seriously damaged by a natural disaster over a wide area or catastrophic failure. The program limits restoration efforts to in-kind replacement to reestablish pre-disaster conditions.
The accelerated success of this project is well attributed to the collaborative and focused efforts of the BLM, NPS and CFLHD staff, KSUE Corporation and its sub-contractors along with the County. Grand County wishes to express its appreciation for the incredible efforts from each of the project partners.
03-29-2011, 02:35 PM
Under budget AND early!!
03-30-2011, 01:11 PM
Wait, what? I thought government entities were by definition inefficient and costly each and every time...
Partnership and communication gitser dun every time IMHO.
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