CDOT planning three major highway projects for summer
SUMMIT COUNTY – The bright orange of traffic cones once again will dot Summit County’s landscape this summer.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans three major road projects in 2003, including completion of the work on Highway 9 north of Silverthorne, erection of the Dillon Valley sound wall and an overlay of Highway 6 between Summit Cove and Arapahoe Basin. While the sound-wall work likely will have minimal traffic impacts, the other two projects could cause drivers some heartburn.
Highway 9 north
Work on this three-year, $14 million project began in 2001 and is slated for completion this October. The construction, which aims to widen shoulders, add retaining walls and soften curves, extends from mile marker 109 to 115 north of Silverthorne (nine to 15 miles north of Interstate 70).
Contractor PCL anticipates starting their engines again in mid-April, weather permitting.
CDOT engineer Ina Zisman said this summer’s work shouldn’t be quite as disruptive as in 2002 – when Heeney-area residents and Summit County commissioners berated CDOT for lengthy traffic delays and poor road conditions.
The bulk of this summer’s work will be devoted to about two miles of the six-mile project. “We still have some cleanup to do on the entire stretch – erosion, seeding and whatnot. And when it comes to finishing, the entire stretch (will be paved).
“We do intend right now to maintain our monitoring of delays and to have flaggers or greeters who inform the motorists in the queue how long the delay is and what the reason is for it. We will try to do a better job to keep everybody informed and updated,” Zisman said.
Highway 6 overlay from Summit Cove
to Arapahoe Basin
CDOT estimates the paving project will take 65 working days, likely running from May to late October. From Summit Cove through Keystone, CDOT plans to keep at least one lane open in both directions for the duration of the project. Beyond Keystone, narrowing the highway to two lanes will require some delays.
Dillon Valley noise wall
The long-promised sound wall will go up this summer, with work beginning as soon as weather permits, Zisman said. CDOT anticipates finishing it in late November.
The wall will run from mile 206.1 to 207.6, extending from the lower semi chain-up station adjacent to Little Beaver Trail to the eastern end of Dillon Valley. In those areas where dirt berms already exist, walls won’t be built on top, but rather will connect to the dirt berms on either side.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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