Breckenridge construction season gears up early next month
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BRECKENRIDGE – Construction season comes to Breckenridge, with detours expected the next couple months as local roads are improved.
“May is going to be a challenging cone-zone month,” town spokeswoman Kim DiLallo said, adding that the timing was intended for minimum impact to the business community.
As Breckenridge Ski Resort ends its season this weekend, the number of people in town shrinks until summer events kick off.
The biggest project affecting town traffic will be the continued widening of Highway 9 about 1.5 miles from Valley Brook Road north to Fairview Boulevard.
First anticipated to begin with the closing of the ski resort this weekend, the project’s construction is expected to continue the first weekend of May.
Traffic arrangements during construction are to be similar to last year, with traffic shifting to two lanes on one side of the road while work occurs on the other side.
CDOT engineer Bob Smith said intersections at both Valley Brook and Coyne Valley will be shut down with detours for 10 days, “but not at the same time.”
“Which we do first will be based on timing with school systems and the college,” he said, adding that the dates have yet to be confirmed. “It’ll be a little bit of a detour, but it’s not very long.”
Highway traffic is to continue flowing north and south, but access from the highway to Valley Brook and Coyne Valley will be closed. Changes to grading at the intersections make “it difficult to build the improvements while open to traffic,” according to a staff memo in the Breckenridge council packet.
The closures are expected to help speed up the project, with the intersection improvements passable by July 4.
The $9.25 million project financed through federal stimulus funds has been under way since last year. It also includes a wall at the southeast corner of Fairview Boulevard and Hwy. 9, as was recommended by the environmental impact study, according to the CDOT website.
The town’s ongoing Main Street improvements are to continue this year with bulb-outs and underground work planned for the Washington Avenue intersection the first week of May.
“What we’ve done is slowed it down to little chunks every year so we don’t impact the business community as greatly,” DiLallo said, adding that the work is expected to be complete by early June. She said the project is intended to “improve the pedestrian experience and aesthetics.”
Xcel Energy has projects planned in the coming weeks to increase capacity to utility service. This will involve some road work and possibly lane closures.
“It’s important infrastructure work,” DiLallo said. “And we’re pushing all of them into as much of May as possible.”
She said the town is to provide weekly construction updates under “Pardon our dust” at http://www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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