The Board of County Commissioners has adopted a Pueblo County Road Map showing all roads that have been officially made a part of the County Road System. This map is updated annually to reflect all additions, deletions and alterations to the County Road System. All open, used and maintained public highways in the un-incorporated area of the County are shown.
All traffic control devices installed on County roads shall conform to the most recent edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and any manual or supplement thereto approved and distributed by the Colorado State Highway Commission. The Pueblo County Public Works Department shall be responsible for conducting any accident studies, traffic analysis, traffic control studies or other engineering studies required by state law or by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices which are prerequisite for the installation of traffic control devices on County roads, except as otherwise provided in a condition of a land use approval.
The Board of County Commissioners is authorized by Section 43-2-112, C.R.S. 1973, to layout, widen, alter or change any County road and to acquire lands of private persons for County roads. The Public Works Department has staff responsibility for the planning, design, right-of-way acquisition, construction and inspection of all improvements to the existing County Road System. Roads constructed by others will ordinarily pass through six steps: planning, design, right-of-way acquisition/dedication, construction, inspection recommendation for acceptance of maintenance responsibilities, and acceptance of maintenance responsibilities.
The planning or layout of a new road shall be in accordance with the Pueblo Regional Comprehensive Development Plan. If a road is created through the subdivision process, all provisions of the Pueblo County Subdivision Regulations must be met.
2.3.3 Right-of-Way Dedication/Acceptance
A road created through the subdivision process shall have a specified right-of-way width shown on the plat along with a dedication statement. Acceptance of the plat by Pueblo County constitutes acceptance of the right-of-way, but does not constitute acceptance of the road for maintenance. The road does not become accepted for maintenance and part of the County Road System until it is constructed according to these STANDARDS and specifically accepted for maintenance by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners.
In certain circumstances a public road right-of-way may also be deeded to the County outside of the subdivision process. Any right-of-way conveyed by deed shall meet the same standards relative to width, alignment, etc. as roads created through the subdivision process. Prior to recommending acceptance of any deed for right-of-way, the Public Works Department may require the submittal of a survey plat, prepared by a professional land surveyor licensed to practice in the State of Colorado. Acceptance of the deed by Pueblo County constitutes acceptance of the right-of-way, but does not constitute acceptance of the road for maintenance. The road does not become accepted for maintenance and part of the County Road System until it is constructed according to these STANDARDS and specifically accepted for maintenance by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners.
Construction of new County roads shall comply with the provisions of Article 8.
Adequate inspections by the Public Works Department ensure compliance with these STANDARDS and are the basis for the recommendation of the Director of Public Works for acceptance of the roads for maintenance and release of performance guarantees required by the Pueblo County Subdivision Regulations. Requirements for inspections are contained in Article 8.
2.3.6 Acceptance of Public Roads for Maintenance
Roads within the jurisdiction of Pueblo County are accepted for maintenance by the Board of County Commissioners by resolution only after the following requirements are met:
a. The Public Works Department has inspected the road in accordance with Article 8, and the Director of Public Works has recommended acceptance for maintenance.
b. The road connects to another maintained County road, state highway or city road.
c. If within a subdivision, the road terminates at an intersection or is constructed with an approved cul-de-sac.
d. All required road signs and traffic control devices have been installed in accordance with these STANDARDS.
e. A performance bond for 15% of the total cost of construction of the road has been submitted to the County to warrant the road construction for one year after the date of acceptance, OR at the developer’s option:
The final 15% of the collateral securing a subdivision improvements agreement covering construction of the road in question will not be released until the one year warranty period is over, OR
The road will not be accepted for maintenance for a one period after the time of completion of all improvements. At the conclusion of the one year period the Public Works Department will inspect the improvements and notify the developer in writing of any necessary repairs. All such repairs shall be completed by the developer prior to acceptance of the road for maintenance by Pueblo County.
f. All required subsurface utilities, including service stubs, under or within three feet (measured horizontally) of the physical road (including shoulder and curb and gutter) have been installed prior to finishing sub-grade. Utility installations that will be located within the right-of-way but which involve no roadway cuts may be installed later, subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works.
g. As-built plans signed by a licensed professional engineer have been submitted to the Public Works Department, which depict all approved design modifications or significant departures from the original approved plans and specifications.
2.4 Traffic Estimates for Design
All traffic estimates for design required within these STANDARDS shall be based upon estimates provided in Trip Generation, latest edition, by the Institute of Traffic Engineers. Traffic estimates for uses or facilities not covered within that publication will be as approved by or supplied by the Director of Public Works.