Road & Bridge
The San Juan County Road and Bridge Crew plows, maintains all unpaved roadways within San Juan County. These roadways range from 9,000' to 12,500' elevations and can carry several hundred vehicles per day. Due to the nature of the roads and the harsh conditions that exist at high elevation, continual routine maintenance is performed to retain a surface that is drivable with proper 4x4 vehicles. There are several factors that determine the level of maintenance required on a gravel road:
* Volume of Traffic * Speed of Traffic *Weather Conditions
* Rock and Mud Slides * Washouts * Down Trees
1127 Animas St
PO Box 466
Silverton, CO 81433
Louis Girodo: Superintendant and Foreman
Mountain Pass Info
Red Mountain Pass
Black Bear PassBolam Pass
Summer maintainence consists of opening passing, repairing and realigning roads that have sustained damge through the winter, repairing and replacing culverts, tree and debris removal and any related repairs or obstacles that present themselves.
*The San Juan County Road Crew works hard to open our high passes as soon as possible. This does not insure that travel will be possible as our nieghboring counties work to clear their sides of each pass. Passes are usually open by mid to late July.
42-2-108 C.R.S. Mandates the creation of a primary and secondary system of road in all counties.
43-2-111 C.R.S. Assigns these primary and secondary roads to counties for construction and maintenance. Roads, by definition, include bridges, culverts, footpaths and rights of way.
Maintenance of transportation-related infrastructure consists of roadway grading, roadway graveling, traffic control device maintenance, snow removal, roadway reconstruction and realignment, culvert cleaning, culvert installation and replacement, bridge repair and replacement, weed control, tree and brush removal and various other related maintenance functions.