by Tara Walker
During the May 1, Board of County Commissioners meeting, Henderson Geotechnical Engineer Brandon Guite gave a presentation about two upcoming projects that will produce higher traffic volume on Hwy 9 and County Road 3 from Mid-May to the end of July.
Two projects are requiring around 60K tons of sand, filter material, and road base to be trucked in. The Mill is working on a dam building project where they will grade the material to mitigate erosion while increasing drainage and stability to the dam.
The 2nd project is the annual maintenance of their haul roads and access roads. The mill replaces the road base yearly and they typically are able to do that with on an onsite gravel pit, but are unable to do that this year. Consequently, the Mill will be hauling materials in from an offsite vendor.
When doing a project like this, Henderson’s Mill Manager Marcus Ammon emphasized they wanted to be transparent as this will impact the community. Safety is also a priority when completing any projects and Engineer Brandon Guite assured the BOCC they have designated haul routes, ensured proper communication between drivers and conducted a risk assessment.
Guite explained the community should be prepared for approximately eight to ten 20-ton end dumps daily through mid-May to the end of July and up to 40 loads a day. County Road 3 and Hwy 9 will be utilized.
Commissioner Manguso questioned the Mill about whether they would suspend operations during the Ride the Rockies. Guite and Ammon assured her that they would suspend operations during the race.
Dust suppression is a priority according to Guite The annual dust suppression on the tailings dam will continue. In addition, water trucks and magnesium chloride will be used on the routes. Materials used will be kept at certain water content to help with dust suppression as well.