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Council hears update on pact with county on Tower Road annexation

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — City Council received an update on an intergovernmental agreement with Adams County regarding the annexation of Tower Road during its March 14 study session. 

In the proposed IGA, Adams County would pave Tower Road from Southern Street to Bromley Lane if the city would annex the roadway and provide a base for the asphalt, along with drainage structures. 

The construction addressed in the IGA ties into a larger project where the city plans to construct Tower Road from Bridge Street to Bromley Lane and Southern Street from Telluride to 45th Avenue. Directer of Streets and Fleet Joe Smith said the IGA addresses the southern leg of that crossing.

The IGA also accounts for the cities future plans to build Tower Road into a four-lane road.

“Instead of having them pave a road that’s out there 18 feet wide in places and having to tear it up later on to come back with another road... it seemed like a fair deal if we would change the base that’s out there to accommodate a 24 foot roadway which would match a future four-lane road down through there,” he said. 

According to Smith’s report, the cost of the asphalt and shoulders will be approximately $250,000. The cost of the construction to get ready for the paving is included in the construction of Southern and Tower, which is currently budgeted at $1.4 million. 

Smith said the city would like the IGA to be fulfilled no later than 2015, although the work should be completed before then.