CDOT will spend millions on local projects |

CDOT will spend millions on local projects

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to spend millions in Summit County next year, including work to help traffic flow between Frisco and Breckenridge.

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to spend millions of dollars on highway improvements in Summit County next year.The biggest and most expensive project – at $5.2 million – will be the construction of the roundabout at North Park Avenue and Main Street in Breckenridge, said CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson. It’s the first phase of a multiyear project that will likely include four-laning the highway from Frisco to Breckenridge to improve traffic flow and make the highway safer.

Workers have spent the past month preparing the site and installing bridge abutments on which a “sweeping” lane of traffic will divert traffic from Highway 9 to Park Avenue.Workers will stop work around Thanksgiving and resume in April after the ski resort shuts down for the season.As part of that project, the town and CDOT will move Highway 9 to Park Avenue. That will divert traffic to the ski area parking lots and free up Main Street for special events and pedestrian-friendly improvements.

In Frisco, CDOT will shut down the exit 203 bridge for about a week to replace expansion joints, repave the bridge and reset lights. CDOT will then double-lane the eastbound onramp to Interstate 70 to improve traffic flow and install a new highway closure gate.Sediment control work on the south side of Interstate 70 from the Eisenhower Tunnel down will continue next summer with workers improving drainage systems and revegetating the steep hillside.The costs of doing those projects aren’t yet known, Wilson said because they haven’t gone out to bid yet.

Summit County is part of CDOT’s Region 1, a vast area that runs from Vail Pass to the Kansas border, south to the Hartsel area and north to Grand County.Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at

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