Road & Bridge Department


PO Box 277, 1775 North Highway 149, Lake City, CO

Ph. 970-944-2400 Fax. 970-944-2405

The road and bridge department maintains 248 miles of roads. During Spring the department is busy trying to get the passes cleared for our summer visitors. Ten bridges are maintained by the Road and Bridge Department. Maintenance of all roads in Hinsdale County for the safety of all residents and visitors is our highest priority.

Road and Bridge Supervisor:  Don Menzies

Your Road &, Bridge Crew:

  • Gavin McNitt - Foreman
  • Breck Thompson
  • Jeff Lanktree
  • Zairick Waddington
  • Dustin Menzies
  • Travis DeCristino
  • Tom Hamel
  • Chuck Parker

South End

  • Jene Snow - Foreman
  • Bobby Kleckner


Road Cut Permit


Colorado Road Conditions and Travel Information

The Hinsdale County Road and Bridge Crew clearing snow off of Engineer Pass May 2021.
This is the narrow shelf road above Palmetto Gulch. They are few miles from the summit of the pass, and you can see Engineer Mountain above the ridge to the right of the road at 13,218ft. The elevation where they are is about 12,000 ft and the snow here was about 6-8 feet high.
May 2021 Photo Credit Michael Underwood



Summer Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Winter Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Attendant Dawn Kortmeyer - 970-944-0529

For a downloadable Transfer Station rate list, click  HERE

The Hinsdale County Road and Bridge Department maintains a drop off point for trash and some recycling for Hinsdale County. Road and Bridge does all the hauling and maintenance for the Hinsdale County Transfer Station. In addition to household garbage, the transfer station accepts waste building materials, old appliances, recycled cardboard, recycled glass, recycled aluminum, cooking oil and used engine oil to be recycled. Most of the Transfer Station loads are hauled to Gunnison for recycle or the Gunnison County Landfill for disposal. The Transfer Station also accepts electronics at $0.75 a pound.

Starting January 1, 2022, Hinsdale County increased rates to dispose of trash. This increase was necessary to keep up with increased costs of transporting and disposing trash at the landfill in Gunnison. The last increase was in 2015. Rates on compactible and non-compactible items have been increased, including bagged trash, truck loads and trash trucks. Some rates have also been increased on other items accepted at the transfer station. Payment for trash dumped at the transfer station can be done on-site by check or credit card. NO CASH IS ACCEPTED AT THE TRANSFER STATION. Charge accounts can be opened with a $100 deposit by calling the Hinsdale County Administration office at 970-944-2225. Accounts are billed monthly and MUST be kept current.

Effective January 1, 2021 there will be a NSF charge for any returned checks.

Pay Transfer Station Accounts with a Credit Card!

Hinsdale County is pleased to announce that we are now able to take payments online. By working with the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) on their secured platform, you can click on the link below to make your payment with a credit card or e-check. Credit cards accepted are American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa. A portal administration fee for credit card payments or electronic check payments will be charged and retained by the Portal, not Hinsdale County.

 A convenience fee of $1 will be charged for payments made using an electronic check regardless of the transaction amount.

The convenience fee for credit cards are as follows:  the amount of the (payment + $.75 x 2.25%) + $.75 (example for a payment of $10.00): ($10 + $.75) x 2.25% = $10.75 x 2.25% = $.24 + $.75=$.99. Your card would be charged $10.99 for the transaction.