With approval from the state of Colorado and Teller County for the Mine Life Extension 2, Amendment 10, the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. is scheduled to begin construction in the Squaw Gulch area at the end of October.
The mine announced a change, however, in plans regarding the option of a tunnel over Colo. 67 to allow haul-truck access across the highway in Squaw Gulch. In consultation with the Colorado Department of Transportation, CC & V revised the plan to develop a highway crossing with flaggers stopping traffic on the highway.
CC & V anticipates that the flaggers and crossing will be in place mid-November through September 2013. Stoppage of traffic on Colo. 67 will be less than 5 minutes at a time and estimated to be around one stoppage every 15 minutes.
As well, there will be equipment-building platforms in the Vindicator Valley area west of Goldfield. These are drill platforms working on core drilling for exploration. These drills are working on underground mining exploration and will be drilling approximately 3,000 feet deep. When the drill is in place, CC & V anticipates the drilling to last two to three weeks.
Once the drilling is complete and the mine officials determine that there are usable samples, the platforms will be regarded and seeded with grasses.