Ed Ehmann, Superintendent
218 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, CO 80117
809 Ute Avenue, Simla, CO 80835
Kiowa Bennett Road Closure Through November 4, 2011
Kiowa Bennett Road Closure Detour Map
Construction Standards & Specification Manual
Please click here to download Kiowa and Simla vicinity maps.
Elbert County has 1,200 miles of County maintained roads, both paved and graveled and 26 bridges.
The County is divided into two separate Districts. The Kiowa District encompasses approximately 1/3 of the western most portion of the County; 85 miles being paved and 465 miles graveled. Eighty percent of the population lives in this District. The Simla District encompasses the remainder of the County with approximately 2 miles of paved roads and 648 miles of graveled roads.
The Districts, in their respective areas, are responsible for all construction/maintenance/snow removal of County maintained roads. Driveway, Private Road, and County Maintained Road Permits may be obtained at either location.
Reporting Road Problems:
To report road problems such as potholes, ruts, drainage issues, please call the District in your area.
The goal of the Elbert County Road and Bridge Department is to provide a safe and accessible transportation system during inclement weather and winter storm events. In order to provide for efficient and effective snow removal and sanding operations, the County has established a snow removal system.
Because the County has more than 1,200 miles of road, the Department prioritizes depending upon traffic movement and safety, emergency response, budget allocations, special community needs and snowfall levels. Our first priority is arterial roadways. These roads provide a transportation network that must be kept open for emergency services.
Priority 1 - Arterials: Provide a network which must be kept open to provide access to fire and law enforcement.
Priority 2 - Collector Streets: Provide access to arterial thoroughfares. Because of the lower volume they have a lower priority than arterials.
Priority 3 - Local Roads: Local roads and cul-de-sacs, which provide access to collectors and arterials, have medium volume traffic. Local roads provide traffic flow within subdivisions.
Plowing and Sanding Operations: Plowing and sanding operations begin when there is an accumulation of snow or ice and conditions warrant. Roads shall be plowed to the inside or outside, depending upon snowfall and conditions. Plowed roads will be widened and clean-up operations will commence after Priority 2 roadways have been made accessible.
The Elbert County Sheriff's Office, has in the past, required all vehicles to remain off all roads due to extreme conditions. Even in less than blizzard conditions, we ask that you limit driving to allow for plow trucks and sanders to clear the roads more quickly.
Driveway, Private Road, County Maintained Road Permits:
Information on driveway and road permits may be obtained by calling or stopping by the respective district.
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