County Road 17 3 miles north of Ouray remains closed to ALL VEHICLE, PEDESTRIAN, EQUESTRIAN, AND BICYCLE TRAFFIC. The area is extremely dangerous due to rocks continuing to fall.
Around 7:30AM on March 8, 2019 a massive rockslide damaged County Road 17, approximately 3 miles north of Ouray. A rock the size of two large SUVs landed on the surface of the road above the gas main that supplies the City of Ouray and Whispering Pines neighborhood. (Click here to view the March 14, 2019 Press Release)
Subsequently, Ouray County emergency officials, DOWL Engineering, and Black Hills Energy began to establish plans to install a temporary gas line; however, rocks were continuing to fall, endangering crews. (Click here to view the March 28, 2019 Press Release) Black Hills Energy crews were unable to install the temporary gas line until rock scaling could be performed.
Ouray County was successful in securing $74,255 in emergency grant funding from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to fund rockfall mitigation, removal of the rock, road repair, and reconstruction and repair of a retaining wall. Using the County's emergency procurement policy, the County retained the services of EarthTech West II to perform the rock scaling (by and through subcontractor), mitigation and repair of the retaining wall.