Breckenridge turns heat on summer road projects
Ryan Summerlin April 15, 2013
They say there are two seasons in Summit County: ski season and construction season.
The end of one heralds the beginning of the other and Breckenridge intends to take advantage of the brief annual break between snowstorms this year to begin or continue road projects in four different locations, including the start of a new roundabout at Four O’Clock Road.
Gold Pan Alley and Andorra Alley are also on the docket for improvement work this summer, according to a statement from the town.
Breckenridge officials also plan to tackle the next section of a multi-year revitalization of Main Street. The town is targeting the section between Adams Avenue and South Park Avenue this summer, installing bulb-outs, surface, streetlight and sewer improvements and enhancing sidewalks and crosswalks in the area.
Construction is set to begin on Main Street by the middle of this month, but it is not yet clear whether recent snowstorms will delay the work.
The project will close the south end of Main Street in the northbound direction. Traffic will be rerouted onto South Park Avenue and then directed back onto Main Street via Ski Hill Road, according to the town statement.
Pedestrian access to South Main as well as the southbound lane of traffic will remain open during construction, which is set to wrap up in June.
Work will also begin on a new single-lane roundabout at Four O’Clock Road and Park Avenue this summer, and likely continue into the 2014 construction season.
Pedestrian safety concerns prompted plans to restructure the intersection, which some studies indicates was in need of a traffic light. The town opted for a roundabout instead, citing better safety and aesthetic features.
Crews will begin relocating utilities in the intersection this year, with the construction of the roundabout set for next summer.
Safety concerns also prompted the improvement project planned at Andorra Alley. Traffic studies indicated there was not enough sight distance in the area between North Main and North French streets. To increase sight distance, crews will reconstruct the intersection of Andorra Alley and French Street, shifting the alley entrance to the east. Landscape improvements will also be made near the intersection, according to a statement from the town.
The public will still be able to access the alley from the south at the intersection of Wellington Road.
In addition, town officials are planning improvements, including new storm sewer inlets, concrete valley pans and an asphalt overlay at Gold Pan Alley, which will close temporarily this summer.
The town will also continue work repaving and patching streets around town this year, including parts of White Cloud Drive, Gold Flake Terrace and Morningstar Drive. It will cause minimal traffic impacts, according to the town statement.
Breckenridge’s construction coincides with a number of larger road projects on Highway 9 and Interstate 70 this summer.
The Colorado Department of Transportation will be adding new lanes to both highways this summer, causing closures and traffic impacts throughout the construction season.
Additional information is available online at www.coloradodot.info.