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Eagle County supports $1.7M in spending

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The county commissioners appear ready to spend almost $300,000 Tuesday to help design a bus storage facility for Avon in hopes of saving about $200,000 in travel costs.

Harry Taylor, ECO Transit director, requested the money from the county’s capital improvement projects fund. The money would go toward funding design for a 40-bus storage facility on Swift Gulch Road north of Interstate 70 in Avon. The county would get 15 of the spaces, Taylor said

Having a midvalley spot to store buses could save thousands of dollars in the ECO Transit budget, Taylor said. The majority of ECO Transit’s buses serve riders between Edwards and Vail, and driving the buses back to Gypsum to be stored creates extra costs, Taylor said.

“It’s 20 miles per bus, one way,” said Taylor, who estimated the extra trips are costing nearly $200,000 a year. “Given the scenario that the majority of our demands are coming from the upvalley location it makes sense to have a midvalley location to service,” he said.

Taylor said he hoped design of the facility would be completed in time to get the project considered for funding from Barack Obama’s federal stimulus package.

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All three commissioners favored spending the money on the bus storage facility. The commissioners also endorsed a handful of other projects on the capital improvement list. The county defines capital projects as projects that are dedicated to facilities, infrastructure and significant purchases that aren’t made on a regular basis.

The board express support for spending $1 million to add shoulders to a five-mile stretch of Highway 6 between Edwards and Wolcott and $155,000 for design of an Eby Creek Spur Road upgrade in Eagle.

The county won’t give final approval to the spending until February. Prior to Tuesday, the board had already approved $2.4 million in capital projects.

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