FREDERICK — The town of Frederick wants to upgrade Weld County Road 13 and needs $5.45 million to do it within the next year.
The town board is asking voters on April 4 to approve Ballot Issue 2A, a $6.18 million bond to cover the cost of the project and debt service on the bond.
On a pay-as-you-go basis, the roadwork would take five to seven years to complete, according to town engineer Dick Leffler. And the cost would go up because construction prices increase each year, he said.
“You don’t have to do the bonds,” Mayor Eric Doering said. “There has been a philosophy here to pay as you go.”
But the town has never had to deal with a project quite this large, he said.
Passing the $6.18 million bond, which would not raise taxes in Frederick, would allow the town to get the work done in one year, town officials say. Under Colorado law, voters must approve any debt a municipality takes on.
WCR 13, a primary north-south artery in the Tri-Towns, is bumpy, rutted and rough through Frederick. Fixing the road between Colo. Highway 52 and Weld County Road 20, where town officials hope to attract commercial development, is a priority for the town.
The Frederick town board has already approved a preliminary plan for the road reconstruction, which includes the realignment of Colo. 52. The county would reimburse Frederick for that portion of the project.
The Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District have endorsed 2A.
Initially, the town was worried that voters wouldn’t pass the bond because the roadwork plans included two roundabouts, at Fifth Street and 13th Street.
But the board pulled the roundabouts from the plans for the work. Now, no roundabout will be built with the bond money, according to the town.
Douglas Crowl can be reached at 303-684-5253, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.