McCabe Creek culvert project delayed until 2017

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The McCabe Creek Culvert Project is one of the items on Greg Schulte’s Town Manager Report for today’s Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting agenda packet.

In it he states, “At the last TPR (transportation planning region) meeting we discussed with the CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) representatives the status of the McCabe Creek project and the costs continue to go up and the funding gap still exists. CDOT staff is presently looking at other alternatives to design that may reduce costs. Regardless, as of the TPR meeting of August 7th, the McCabe Creek project will not occur until at least 2017.”

SUN staff confirmed this latest development with Ed Archuleta, the program engineer for CDOT Region 5.

Archuleta confirmed that the project has been delayed for another year, and he explained the reason was, “to revise the design in order to minimize risk and construction costs.”

Archuleta reassured SUN staff that it would be safe to delay the project; the current culvert isn’t going to collapse in the meantime.

During an interview conducted in June, Archuleta explained the history of the McCabe Creek Culvert, its current status and the plan at that time to fix it.

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