CDOT plans South Park fix
BRECKENRIDGE – The re-designation of Park Avenue as the route for Highway 9 through Breckenridge didn’t come without its share of hassle for drivers headed in and out of the south end of town. But the traffic jams that resulted from the new configuration at the South Park Avenue and Main Street junction could be eased as soon as Memorial Day. Town officials and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have agreed on a fix that will help smooth the flow of traffic through the intersection, said town spokesperson Kim DiLallo.The solution will include restriping lanes at the intersection, as well as better signage to indicate turn options. The work at the intersection last summer resulted almost immediately in traffic backups for north-bound vehicles coming in from Blue River and trying to turn left on to South Park Avenue.Some locals feared ski season gridlock, with traffic potentially backing up on South Park all the way to Ski Hill Road. And while Thanksgiving traffic did result in some jams, the total gridlock never materialized.Still, the issue was bad enough that town officials met with CDOT and made some immediate changes to the timing of the traffic light at the intersection, and monitored the traffic flow during busy winter ski days.A follow-up meeting a couple of weeks ago resulted in the latest deal, with the work expected to be done during May.
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