Barren landscape at Four-way Stop to get a little greener

“Six-way” stop also wired for a traffic light

The new concrete-heavy “six-way” stop at Sixth Street and Elk Avenue will get a softer look this fall, but $100,000 doesn’t buy a lot of green. The town of Crested Butte received two bids to landscape the Sixth Street area, and the town agreed Monday to hire G.H. Daniels and Associates.


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The town capped the landscaping expenditure to $125,000. That will essentially buy five evergreen trees, 48 aspen trees, 75 shrubs, 40 boulders, 500 square feet of pavers, some sod, some seed and 500 perennials. About a third of the budget will be spent on an irrigation system.
“We put in the main water lines during the construction process,” explained Crested Butte building and zoning director Bob Gillie. “But the one-inch lines from the main have to be put in to get to the various zones. That is the biggest cost of the landscaping project.”
Specifically, the town will see two six-foot bristlecone pines trees, three eight-foot Colorado Spruce trees, 25 two-and-a-half inch aspens and 23 two-inch aspens.
Gillie also said some landscaping work would be done on the 10-foot wide strips along Sixth Street between Belleview and Teocalli Avenues.
Gillie said a meeting to discuss the landscape plan will be held Wednesday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. on site. The town will this week stake out where the trees will placed. “Anyone who has an interest should give us their input,” he said.
The town admitted that during the construction this past spring, Sixth and Elk was built to possibly install a traffic light in the future. “The intersection was wired to accommodate the possibility of a stoplight in the future if necessary,” said town manager Susan Parker.
Under the contract, the landscaping work must be completed no later than Halloween, October 31. The project should start sometime next week.

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