Colorado Highway 9 construction near Breckenridge winds down for ski season |

Colorado Highway 9 construction near Breckenridge winds down for ski season

The northbound lane of Colorado Highway 9 near Breckenridge was reduced to one lane Thursday. On Saturday crews will begin winding down construction efforts in anticipation for the ski season. | Summit Daily News

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced this week it would begin winding down construction on Colorado Highway 9 between the Church at Agape Outpost and Coyne Valley Road on Saturday.

Asphalt paving is expected to continue through the end of the week as crews prepare to winterize the new lanes for the coming ski season, a CDOT news release said. Travelers can expect periodic lane closures through the end of next week as crews install guardrails, stripe lanes and clean up for the winter.

“We met our goal of having two lanes of highway open in each direction before ski season gets underway,” said CDOT engineer Grant Anderson in the release. “The traveling public can expect little to no traffic impacts until next spring.”

Construction is expected to resume in April 2014, when Highway 9 will once again be reduced to a single lane in each direction, the release stated.

Next year’s construction will focus on completing the north portion of the project, including the Blue River Bridge, with asphalt paving and concrete medians, and finishing the southern segment between Tiger and Coyne Valley roads.

The $8.4 million project is slated for completion in October 2014.

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