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Crews Lay Asphalt for Oil Impact Roads Project

Fremont County road crews were busy applying a fresh coat of asphalt through the center of Coal Creek earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of Judy McCormick)

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Fremont County Department of Transportation crews were in Coal Creek this week applying a new asphalt road surface as part of Phase 1 of the five year regional road improvement project to address impacts from oil and gas drilling in the area south of Florence.   A $550,000 Colorado Energy and Mineral Impact grant was secured earlier this spring to help fund the project.   Several oil companies were also at the table cooperating in the jointly funded project to deal with the impacts of their heavy truck traffic.   7.4 miles of road reconstruction are included in the first phase of the project with four miles of new asphalt surfacing.

Coal Creek Mayor Connie Higgs was on the job helping direct traffic and obviously pleased to see such major street improvements being accomplished in Coal Creek. (Photo courtesy of Judy McCormick)