Construction season brings road, recpath work to Summit County
Ryan Summerlin June 18, 2013
It’s a year of expensive, large-scale construction projects in and around Summit County on state highways, but local officials are focused primarily on smaller maintenance work on local roads and bike paths.
Crews in the town of Breckenridge continue to plod through a multi-year Main Street revitalization project that has caused the northbound lanes of the road to be closed to vehicle traffic. The work includes new concrete on sidewalks and curbs as well as new irrigation and electric, a storm water treatment unit and stone pavers on the east side of Main, according to a town statement.
The project is slated for completion June 28, but the road remains open to pedestrians and southbound traffic in the meantime.
The county government has commissioned improvements on the recpath between the town of Dillon and Swan Mountain Road next week.
The work is set to begin June 24 and continue for a month, causing occasional closures to all users.
The project will include repaving, replacement of the existing bridge decking and installation of a curb and cutter in the area.
“This project replaces a section of the recpath that is in poor condition,” Summit County Open Space and Trails Resource Specialist Brad Eckert stated in a release from the town on the project.. “It improves safety for recpath users and enhances their recreational experience. The contractor will make every effort to have the project completed ahead of schedule weather permitting.”
The work is part of a 20-year maintenance plan for the recpath, intended to extend the life of the system.
When crews are working on the bridge, path users will be detoured over the shoulder of Highway 6. The contractor, Columbine Hills Concrete, Inc., will provide the public opportunities to pass through the construction site when possible.
The recpath will be open on the weekends and during non-construction hours.
The county will also be working to repave the Dillon Dam Road between Frisco and the Dam this summer.
The town of Silverthorne is also focusing on smaller street improvements this summer, including overlay work on residential roads.
“We don’t really have any big road projects this year,” public works director Bill Linfield said.
He did not expect the road work that will take place to have significant traffic impacts.
In Dillon, crews spent the spring working to reconstruct Marina Drive between the amphitheater parking lot and the boat launch. The project includes grading and earthwork, the installation of a storm sewer, concrete curb and gutter, new signs and fire hydrants and repaving. It was slated to be completed in mid June.