At yesterday's Campbell County Board of Commissioner's meeting, an agreement to open-cut Garner Lake Road was approved. Public Works Director Kevin King said the request for the open-cut came from the City of Gillette. King said the request to open-cut Garner Lake Road just south of the City's Field of Dreams site came after a drainage analysis.
"Their drainage analysis on that particular section showed that they needed to lower one of the three existing culverts across Garner Lake Road that flows south into Donkey Creek."---King
The other option to consider was to re-bore a new culvert underneath the road adjacent to the existing three culverts. King said a cost analysis of the options showed the option to open-cut and lower a culvert would save about $100,000 for taxpayers. Before the vote that approved the open-cut, Commissioner Gary Becker said the agreement was a good example of leaders from the City of Gillette and Campbell County working together to save the taxpayers money.
Campbell County typically does not grant requests for the open-cutting of roads. Commissioner Chairman Dan Coolidge said this request was a unique situation and he does not anticipate the commissioners granting requests for the open-cutting of roads in the future. King said he agreed that the open-cut method was the best option in this situation and also agreed this request was unique.
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