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Breckenridge highway widening to be complete by October

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Highway 9 in the construction area north of town is to have four lanes available for traffic next week, though daily lane closures could continue before the widening project’s anticipated completion later this month.

“We are just a little bit ahead of schedule,” said Bob Smith, engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The roughly 1.5 mile highway segment between Valley Brook and Coyne Valley roads has been under construction since June 2009 for the widening project. The project paused during winter months.

While previous reports predicted project’s completion as late as November, Smith said the four lanes are to be fully open by the end of September.

Meanwhile, there will probably be daily lane closures “one direction or the other for some work, final clean-up and seeding, and a noise wall we’re building in front of Vienna Townhomes,” Smith said.

The noise wall at the southeast corner of the intersection of the highway and Fairview Boulevard was recommended by the project’s environmental impact study, according to a previous report.

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The northbound lanes have been under construction this summer, with all traffic sharing the southbound lanes.

Some of this week’s work has included seeding vegetation along the highway as well as clean-up of work along the recreation path, Smith said.

The recreation path was realigned farther from the highway, with a bridge over the Blue River north of Valley Brook, as part of the project.

The widening is another step toward a continuous, four-lane road between Frisco and Breckenridge. The segment between Tiger Road and Agape Outpost Chapel is expected to be the next area widened, although that will depend on when funding for the project comes available.

The $9.25 million project nearing completion is financed through federal stimulus funds.

SDN reporter Robert Allen may be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com