Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is October 7, 2015
home news sports feature opinionfyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » July 12, 2005 » Opinion » Letter to the Editor: What is status of road?
Published 3,739 days ago

Letter to the Editor: What is status of road?

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints



For a nice Sunday outing, drive up Coal Creek Road and see how your taxes are being used.

For a number of years the Carbon County Road Department has maintained, widened, graveled and spent a lot of tax dollars on my property. I have tried to stop it by erecting a gate on my property boundary. However, the county tore down the gate, took my chain and severely reprimanded me for putting a gate across a county road. The commission has indicated that this is a Class B road. However, there is another locked gate across the same road farther up, allowing no access except to those who have a key.

If the county has deemed this to be a Class B road to the old mine that is located about two miles past my property boundary, then there should be public access all the way to the mine.

I just wonder why it is okay for one private property owner to block a select portion of that road and not another?

I propose that if indeed this is a Class B road, then all locked gates should be removed to allow access to the old mine.

I find it interesting that Consumers Road, which is a Class B road, is not receiving the required maintenance it deserves, compared to the use by the general public the mining company and the gas field traffic which occurs on this road, versus the maintenance being conducted on a dead end, gated road.

At a recent commission meeting the audience was polled as to whether or not anyone had used this access. A number of people with access through the gate stated they had used the road and the access. However, does the fact that five people holding a key to the gate determine that the road is accessible to the public the entire length?

The commission voted that my gate should come down while the other gate stays up. The road is being maintained by tax dollars yet it ends at the other gate. I am for the public and I suggest that the road be accessible its entire length up to the mine.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

Top of Page

July 12, 2005
Recent Opinion
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories

Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us