Glenwood Quarry Seeks Expansion, Unclear By How Much

Nov 29, 2018

Credit blm.gov

Rocky Mountain Resource Management operates a limestone quarry north of Glenwood Springs. It submitted an application to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) earlier this week to expand the quarry.

It would mine more limestone and dolomite. The plan will be made public once the BLM confirms it’s complete.

David Boyd, a public affairs specialist with the BLM, wouldn’t divulge how much the quarry wants to expand by, but did say it’s looking for a “significant increase” from the roughly 20 acres it currently operates on. The quarry runs about 20 trucks a day up and down the Transfer Trail and Boyd said the expansion it’s seeking would mean somewhere in the neighborhood of a 10-fold-increase in truck traffic.

Once the plan is made public, then the BLM will do some sort of environmental analysis and will weigh possible impacts. The area is not far from the Glenwood Caverns and the expansion could impact some of the caving.

Boyd emphasized there will be ample opportunities for the public to weigh in.