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Jul 16

Quarry Makes Major Road Improvements — Summer 2014

All varieties of backcountry travelers, rejoice. Colorado Stone Quarries, Inc. has been spending an immense amount of money and time widening sections of Quarry Road out of Marble, Colorado. They’ve been adding parking, trucking in roadbase and applying chloride to keep the summer dust down. We’ve been watching the work all summer — impressive. This coming winter, provided they push snow out of parking areas, we should have even smoother vehicle access to the backcountry skiing.

Looking NE from Lumber Curve to Windy Corner, new roadbase ,  much wider than before.
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Looking NE from Lumber Curve to Windy Corner, fresh roadbase, much wider than before. A new parking area is visible about halfway into the photo on inside of curve, as well as to right. In this area alone, we count additional parking for at least 8 passenger vehicles, as well as an extra turnout for passing.

Looking SW, opposite direction of photo above. Improvements are obvious.
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Looking SW, opposite direction of photo above. Improvements are obvious.

Parking area at Lumber Curve is much improved. This is a few hundred feet east from summer Anthracite Pass trailhead.
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Parking area at Lumber Curve is much improved. This is a few hundred feet east from summer Anthracite Pass trailhead.

Last time we looked, they'd added about 4 parking spots to Windy Corner and they're still working up there.
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Last time we looked, they’d added about 4 parking spots to Windy Corner and they’re still working up there. Things look a bit ragged in new excavated condition, but they’ve been smoothing out topsoil and cleaning things up (usually better than when they began), we’d expect it’ll all be back to normal vegetation given another spring growing season.

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