Folks who run the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument access the river at Deerlodge Park, and if you've been down that road lately you know it's a bit bumpy. Monument officials want to improve that condition with a rehabilitation project.
The Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation of Deerlodge Road is now available for public review. The EA evaluated a no action alternative and the preferred alternative. Under the no action alternative, the road would not be rehabilitated and the park would continue routine road maintenance and minor repairs as it has in the past. The preferred alternative includes resurfacing, restoring, reconstructing, bank stabilization measures, and installing new drainage measures along the 12.7-mile stretch of Deerlodge Road.
The proposed project is not a major road replacement with associated re-routing. The proposed project is being considered to address deficiencies in the condition of the road and safety concerns. The current pavement has exceeded its service life in many locations, which has led to surface cracks, rutting, buckling, and unraveling of the pavement edge.
In addition, the Yampa River has encroached to within 50 feet of the edge of the pavement in the Oxbow area near milepost 9.5. The road pavement and structural integrity deterioration, drainage problems, and bank erosion have impacted the road surface to an unacceptable and potentially unsafe level.
Improving the safety and maintenance of Deerlodge Road requires bank stabilization along approximately 1,500 feet of the bank near milepost 9.5 to prevent further erosion and sedimentation. In addition, a number of road modifications are proposed to address subgrade failure, drainage improvements, and improvement of the park entrance pullout and four parking areas.
The EA will be on public review for 30 days, with comments accepted through March 8. The document will be available electronically for review and comment online. Comments also may be sent to the following address:
Dinosaur National Monument
4545 E. Highway 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610-9724