Drivers on Highway 9 will again see orange cones and delays between Breckenridge and Frisco this summer as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues a multi-year effort to expand the road to four lanes.
State officials say it will take two summers for crews to widen the three-mile stretch between Tiger Road and the Agape Outpost Church, and drivers will feel the impacts Monday through Friday.
The work is slated to begin today.
Drivers should expect lane shifts and occasional traffic stops with delays of about five minutes to accommodate hauling operations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph through the construction area.
The $8.4 million project will also include new bridge construction over the Blue River — where an aging culvert has been an object of concern for transportation officials — and a new roundabout at Fairview Boulevard, access improvements, new storm drainage, improved embankment and erosion control, according to a CDOT statement on the project.
The work is part of an ongoing long-range plan to widen Hwy. 9 to two lanes in each direction between Breckenridge and Frisco.
“In addition to helping improve traffic flow through Summit County, widening the highway will provide safety benefits for the traveling public,” CDOT resident engineer Grant Anderson stated in the release. “When it’s completed traffic congestion and travel time will be reduced and there’ll be improved access to and from Hwy. 9.”
Completion of the project — expansion of the road between Summit High School and the hospital — is likely still several years off, however. Transportation officials are discussing moving the highway away from its position along Dillon Reservoir to the current alignment of the recpath through the Iron Springs area. But the proposal is still in the early planning stages.
Work on the Tiger Road-to-Agape segment of Hwy. 9 is set to wrap up for the year on Nov. 1. Construction will resume again in May 2014, and the project is slated for completion in October 2014.
The bike path, which runs parallel to the highway through the construction zone, will remain open throughout much of the work, but crews may need to implement occasional stops or temporary detours, according to the statement.
Transportation officials will make weekly lane-closure information available online at http://bit.ly/9Da5yU.
In addition to helping improve traffic flow through Summit County, widening the highway will provide safety benefits for the traveling public