State Highway 133 opened to two-way traffic Thursday night, following a rockslide that closed the road Sunday near the Paonia Reservoir. It partially reopened Tuesday.
Colorado Department of Transportation rockfall contractor Yenter Companies has completed rock scaling, blasting of rock on the roadway, and much of the hauling away. The roadway will remain fully open on Friday and through the weekend.
Next week, possibly Monday through Friday, crews will continue work to load and haul away the remainder of the rock debris that was pushed to the ditch. This will require a single-lane closure. Delays will be relatively minor, as traffic will be kept flowing until dump trucks must cross back over, requiring a brief traffic hold in both directions.
CDOT’s separate project is still underway on the Redstone side of the summit near Marble. At this site, during periods of rock scaling work, traffic will be stopped in both directions for up to 20 minutes. Delays may exceed 20 minutes as traffic queues are cleared in both directions. When scaling is not underway, travelers should still anticipate some delays and single-lane, alternating traffic, Monday through Friday (and some Saturdays) during daylight hours.
The criminal justice system has long struggled with providing effective sentencing for criminal offenders who suffer from chronic mental health problems. The Pitkin County Court, district attorney, probation officers, mental health providers, the public defender’s office and law enforcement formed a task force which has been meeting to explore the best ways to address, treat, and stabilize offenders with mental health problems in Pitkin County. The steering committee has evaluated national models which were developed to meet the needs of offenders who have specific mental health concerns and diagnosis and who have been in the criminal justice system without success. The task force is in the process of finalizing a treatment-based model and will soon be actively seeking applications from mental health providers for participation in designing and implementing the program.
A community informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at 4 p.m. at 428 Rio Grande Place in the Rio Grande Room (behind the court house, across from the jail lobby). Members of the task force will be attendance and will provide additional information about the extent of such a program and how it can be implemented. The task force is seeking input from the community and from various mental health providers in order to successfully establish this program.
If you would like more information please call Stephanie Hall at 970-384-3005.