With temperatures climbing and the summer construction season in full swing, drivers will again be seeing delays on Interstate 70 and across Summit County as crews work to complete road projects before the snow flies.
This week marks the start of traffic stops and lane closures on I-70 for maintenance work, while traffic impacts continue at the Twin Tunnels near Idaho Springs.
One highway lane will be closed near the Silverthorne interchange this afternoon while the Colorado Department of Transportation removes an old electronic sign in the area. The work is set to begin at 3 p.m., when crews will close one eastbound lane from near the Dillon Reservoir overlook point to the Silverthorne/Dillon exit. At 8 p.m. all eastbound traffic will be stopped for 30 minutes. When the road reopens at 8:30 p.m., one lane will remain closed until midnight.
CDOT officials say the closure is necessary for drivers’ safety.
Early the next morning, there will be 30-minute traffic stops just up the hill at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Both westbound lanes will be closed from 3-3:30 a.m. and again from 4-4:30 a.m. Thursday while new electronic signs are installed in the area. Later that morning eastbound traffic also will face 30-minute stops, and single lanes may be closed in both directions to allow for the work.
U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass will be used as an alternate route while traffic is stopped at the tunnel, according to a statement from CDOT.
One lane will also continue to be closed on Highway 9 between Agape Outpost Church and Tiger Road this week, while the first phase of a two-year road-widening project is underway. When the construction is completed in fall 2014, the highway will have four lanes, two in each direction, from Breckenridge to Summit High School, and will have a new roundabout at Fairview Boulevard and a new bridge over the Blue River.
In Breckenridge, an ongoing revitalization project on the east side of Main Street has been substantially completed and crews are focusing on the west side of the thoroughfare. Northbound traffic continues to be detoured onto Park Avenue to Ski Hill Road, but Main Street remains open to southbound vehicles. The project is running behind schedule due to weather delays, and construction may need to continue over some weekends, according to a town statement. The work is on track to be completed by late June.
Crews have so far poured concrete sidewalks and curbs, installed new irrigation and electric infrastructure, and planted new trees and landscaping along the east side of the street.
There is pedestrian access to all of the businesses on both sides of Main Street.
Crews in Breck also are wrapping up resurfacing projects on several roads around town, including White Cloud Drive, Gold Flake Terrace and Morningstar Drive. Repaving operations are on track to wrap up next week.