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County commits to major road project

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County commissioners on Tuesday commited to applying for a DOLA Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant, which would be used for a major road renovation project. Working in conjunction with the town of La Veta, the project would impact at least six county roads and three streets in La Veta, some of which have not been chip-sealed since 2006. The project would include chips seal on some roads, road base and road preparation, striping, and magnesium chloride to keep dust down. The amount the project is estimated to cost is $1,834,679, with Huerfano County contributing $97,510 worth of in-kind work, and $781,478 in cash. Commissioner Max Vezzani, when looking over the application, wanted to take a long hard look at the county budget, just to make really sure the county could swing it. “This is gonna be a tough pill to swallow; no doubt about that,” County Administrator John Galusha told the commissioners. The expense will drain Road and Bridge funds and PILT reserves, leaving the county with very little wiggle room to deal with any unforseen problem.