Costilla County Biodiesel Pilot Project
State Representative Edward Vigil, Commissioner Burns,Governor's Energy Director Tonuj (TJ) Deora, Ben Doon and Commissioner Martinez
The Costilla County Commissioners’ Office in a private/public partnership with the Costilla County Economic Development Council (EDC), has built a small-scale, vertically integrated, biodiesel production facility in Mesita, Colorado. The project was first conceptualized in 2001 by Costilla County District #3 Commissioner Joseph Gallegos. Ground breaking and construction began in 2004.
The facility purchases locally grown oilseed crops (canola and sunflower) and processes the crops for clean burning, renewable biodiesel fuel. The by-product of oilseed crushing is a seed cake comprised of the remaining material once the oil has been extracted, which is used as a high protein livestock feed.
Premium high protein expeller pressed canola feed meal cake for livestock is available at the biodiesel facility in Mesita. Please call (719) 672-0320 for more information.
Costilla County Shops
District 1 - Fort Garland
Supervisor: David Perales
304 Carson Avenue
Fort Garland, CO 81133
Phone: (719) 379-3446
Fax: (719) 379-2849
District 2 - San Luis
19881 County Road R
San Luis, CO 81152
Phone: (719) 672-3613
Cell: (719) 480-5702
Cell: (719) 588-5389
Fax: (719) 672-3614
CR P.6 Curves Project
This project was awarded to Asphalt Constructors, Inc out of Alamosa, Colorado. Work began in May of 2007 and completed the same month.
- The curves portion of CR P.6 were widened by 8 feet for 0.8 miles. Then a 1 ½” overlay of asphalt was placed over the widened portion of the road
- Warning signs were installed including:
- Speed Limit
- Curve Signs
- Directional Arrows
San Luis Bridge Rehabilitation Project
Costilla County was awarded a $150,300 grant from the State Historical Fund for design and restoration of the San Luis Bridge located ½ mile SW of the Town of San Luis. The bridge will be restored for pedestrian and bike use only. Martin/Martin Engineering out of Lakewood, Colorado was hired to perform the design work and oversee the project. The projected timeline for the project is as follows:
- Oct 1 - Plans submitted to SHF
- Nov 1 - SHF review and comment
- Dec 1 - Plans ready to bid
Rattlesnake Trestle Grant Application
Costilla County was awarded a Design Grant for $33,000 with the County Matching Funds of $11,000. This provides the financing for the design and assessment for the restoration of the Rattlesnake Trestle Bridge located SW of Smith Reservoir near CR 12.
Lobato Bridge Rehabilitation Project
This historical bridge was partly funded by grant monies from the State Historical Fund. This project was a joint venture with Conejos County. Costilla County managed the entire project from start to finish. The bridge is nearing completion and plans are to officially open the bridge May 26, 2006.