Input wanted about roads |

Input wanted about roads

If you’re tired of bouncing your car over that irritating pothole or frost-heave, there is an opportunity to make your voice heard.

Routt County commissioners announced Monday that they are taking applications for members of a Citizen Road Improvement Committee, which will meet during the next several months to form recommendations for commissioners on road improvements across the county.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said committee members would review needed road improvements and prioritize roads for reconstruction, maintenance and “surface change upgrades” — in other words, paving a gravel road.

At least 18 roads across Routt County need improvements to handle increased traffic, Sullivan said, naming Routt County Road 16 in Stagecoach — the gravel road that runs past the Eagle’s Nest townhomes — as an example.

The committee also will explore ways to fund road improvements.

“At this point in time, the county does not have money to increase services for roads,” Commissioner Doug Monger said.

Monger said the committee would prepare ideas for ways to spend money when it becomes available and will help commissioners see “the big picture” in road planning.

The committee will have nine members, Sullivan said, one person each from Steamboat Springs, Yampa, Oak Creek, Hayden, Stagecoach, North Routt, South Routt, West Routt and an at-large position to be filled by a resident of unincorporated Routt County.

Meetings will begin in late February and end June 15. The deadline for applications is Feb. 3. Commissioners said no official forms are necessary.

“They just need to send us a letter,” Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail

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