County condsiders moving truck stop
May 19, 2012
EDWARDS – An approximately 10-acre truck stop-rest area in Edwards might be moved and the land used for something else.
Eagle County staff and officials are looking into possibilities for making a deal with the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Commissioner Jon Stavney said the roundabouts in Edwards have made the current location less convenient for truckers and that there might be a better use for that land and a better place or places for the rest area
“It’s a prime spot in the middle of Edwards,” he said. “There’s a nice river corridor there. Most people in our community have never set foot on that property – I would invite them to see it for themselves and imagine what it could be.”
CDOT’s ears are open.
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“We would be receptive to proposals,” said CDOT spokeswoman Ashley Mohr. “It’s just talk so far.”
A staple of any deal would be a guarantee that the same number of truck parking spaces and facilities be kept at any new locations, perhaps spreading the total number across a few locations between Vail Pass and Dotsero. Wolcott seems like a prime, central candidate at this point.
“CDOT has no reason to move its current facilities, but they have basically said that they’ll play along as long as there is no cost to them and certain requirements are met,” Stavney said.
Stavney said a developer approached the county a couple years ago with the idea to use the land for something else and move the rest area to Dotsero.
“We really need something between Dotsero and Vail Pass, though, and the development would have to be public,” Stavney said. “At this time, we (the county) should be talking about visitors, rest areas and bathrooms from Dotsero to Vail Pass anyway.”