Transit Mix Concrete wants to put in a 400 acre granite quarry on the Hitch Rack Ranch, south of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.
But despite the fact the new quarry will mean an end to the exiting Pikeview Quarry, described locally as an “eye sore”, neighbors are objecting.
A number of factors went in to selecting the new quarry site including rock quality, proximity to the market, and access, but Transit Mix said because of new mining standards they also had to make sure it was hidden.
“Its also a sight that we can develop a quarry virtually unseen by passing motorists and residents. That was important for us to be able to develop quarry in inconspicuous location,” said Deb Hileman, the spokesperson for the Transit Mix.
The two gripes gripe for neighbors are water and access. Blasting at the quarry would force the one road in and out to be shut down for 30 minutes up to an hour. Transit Mix said it shouldn’t be a problem because there’s only a handful of people that ever use that road.
This project still has a long way to go, including getting approval from County Commissioners, but if approved the company hopes to have the new quarry up and running by late 2017.
Transit Mix restoration record
Transit Mix’s sister company Castle Concrete Company received the 2003 ”Industry/Community Achievement Award In the Reclamation of Mined Lands” from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Mined Land Reclamation Board for the reclamation work performed at the Queens Canyon Quarry.
After it ceased operations in 2001, the Queens Canyon quarry was reclaimed and renamed the Greg Francis Bighorn Sheep Habitat in honor of Francis, a 30-year employee at Castle Concrete, the predecessor of Transit Mix Concrete. Francis died in October 2002.
A statue of a bighorn sheep stands on the former quarry site in recognition of the herd of bighorns, the efforts of Greg Francis and the hundreds of volunteers who worked with Castle Concrete to reclaim the site and reintroduce Rocky Mountain juniper trees, native grass and small pinón.
The Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation (CMRF) played a key role in the successful reclamation efforts at the Queens Canyon quarry site.
The Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation is no longer in operation but Transit Mix Concrete is consulting with reclamation experts and interested stakeholders to consider possible additional reclamation strategies for Pikeview.
Transit Mix Concrete ended mining operations at the Black Canyon quarry, located north of Manitou Springs in 2015. Also known as the Snyder quarry, the company is selling the remaining inventory of aggregate and will begin reclamation of the site later this year.