Not so easy rider: Share the roadways, stay alert and safe.

The summer season in Grand County is beautiful, and, a favorite for most locals. This time of year traditionally tends to challenge our roadways and our patience. Imagine how you felt the first time you visited our magnificent valley.  Now, think of what the driver that has never been here must be thinking. They want to experience the scenery and the wildlife, just as you and I did.  Try to keep this in mind and be respectful and understanding of our visitors.

The summer event lineup in Grand County is going to be huge, and, as a result, we can expect the same of the weekend traffic. Last year, the Rocky Mountain National Park visitor count was 4,517,585, the highest annual visitation on record.  2017 is anticipated to meet or exceed these numbers.

This is also the time that bicyclists and motorcyclists like to hit the road to enjoy the warm temperatures.  Be sure to watch for motorcycles by looking twice before changing lanes, and, slow down on narrow roads when bicycles are present. Always remember to share the road, and, leave a little extra time to get to your destination.

The saying that there are two seasons in Colorado, “Winter and Construction”, is very true.  This is primarily because it’s the best time to fix and repair our roads, and, Grand County Road and Bridge has maintenance responsibilities for 769 miles of them. You may encounter delays anywhere within these boundaries while they strive to provide us with safe and well maintained public roads.

Please feel free to contact the Road and Bridge office with any questions, concerns, or comments at (970) 887-2123.