Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and CDOT Sign Agreement

June 2, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Document Focuses on Improving Collaboration and Coordination

MONTEZUMA COUNTY – Officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMU) will sign a maintenance agreement Friday, June 3, 12:00 noon at the Ute Mountain Casino 11 miles South of Cortez on SH 491. The agreement helps to address communication and coordination of maintenance and engineering activities on the highways that cross tribal land. The two agencies have been collaborating and working toward the agreement for more than two years.

Traveling from Denver for the event is CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt who said, “This agreement will improve communication between the Tribe and CDOT not only with issues regarding maintenance, but with matters such as planning, access, the environment, right-of-way, and special events.”

Bhatt continued, “We appreciate the time and effort put forth by the Tribe with keeping the scope of this agreement manageable. We credit Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart, the Tribal Council and staff for their leadership with this effort.”

The maintenance agreement focuses on several key areas of maintaining roads and structures on UMU tribal property including: fencing, cattle guards, storm water, mowing, weed control, and future roadway improvements.  

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