During a year filled with uncertainty, Garfield County was able to achieve a high percentage of important capital projects benefitting the entire community. Nearly 80 percent of the county’s 97 capital projects were completed in 2020, and six percent were near completion by year’s end. Just one percent of projects did not start, and 14 percent were in the beginning stages. Capital project goals included an expansion of the apron at the Garfield County Rifle Airport; realignment of the popular Red Hill Recreation Area near Carbondale; numerous improvements at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, replacement of the Garfield County Courthouse
The Garfield County Road and Bridge facility near Cattle Creek south of Glenwood Springs is now powered by the sun. A new 25-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic array is providing roughly 95 percent of electricity needed to power the building. Located at 7300 Highway 82, the facility houses the county’s District 1 operations, including maintenance of county roads in from South Canyon to Carbondale, as well as storage of equipment and materials. The facility consumed 45,251 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy in 2019. The system was installed by Avon-based Active Energies Solar, LLC in the three days prior to Thanksgiving. The panels
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has release an educational driving safety video for truckers who travel along Interstate 70 in the winter.