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Breckenridge construction means detour for drivers

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BRECKENRIDGE – Night construction, traffic detours and final touches to the recpath – this is the next phase of Breck’s summer road project. The end result will be four 12-foot-wide lanes with medians, curbs and gutters. New traffic signals, retaining walls and drainage improvements are also part of the effort.

Night closures on Hwy. 9 have started between Coyne Valley and Valley Brook roads. Workers will be improving water drainage with the installation of culvert pipes across the highway over the next two weeks.

Drivers must take Airport Road to access Breckenridge Main Street in the evenings, said Matt Kaup, the project manager for Zak Dirt.

The main thrust of the project – to build up the west side of the road for widening – will also start today. It may mean temporarily stopping traffic and creating delays for traffic traveling into Breckenridge.

Additional work to the recpath near the police station will start Wednesday. Storm drain work located off the road will start later this month.

“Everything’s going forward smoothly,” said Bob Smith, project manager with the Colorado Department of Transportation. “We’ve had good weather.”

The CDOT project – widening a segment of Highway 9 from Valley Brook Road to Fairview Boulevard – is set to run until fall 2010 and it’s funded by federal economic stimulus dollars, Smith said. The roughly 1.5 mile project is costing $9.25 million.

Robert Allen contributed to this article.

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