Drivers should expect delays on Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge |

Drivers should expect delays on Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge

Southbound Highway 9 into Breckenridge is backed up all the way to Frisco. Repaving work has required road crews to bottle-neck the road to one lane, allowing only one side of traffic right of way at a time.
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Drivers on Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge can expect delays in both directions Tuesday morning, while CDOT finishes repaving a part of the road that caused traffic backups Monday.

Tracy Trulove, spokeswoman for CDOT Region 3, said the repaving of Leslie’s Curve, the section next to Dillon Reservoir that bends around the Iron Springs area, will once again be turned into a one-lane road while workers repave the road between 7 a.m and 11 a.m. Tuesday.

She said this repaving job was supposed to be completed last week but was pushed back because of rain, she said. That led to confusion and a lack of communication within CDOT, so Summit County officials, and local drivers, weren’t given the typical advance notice about the lane closure.

“We’ll put out messaging tomorrow, which we would’ve done today had we known,” said Thad Noll, assistant county manager. “A little communication goes a long way for people.”

He said the county thought a CDOT sign warning about delays on Highway 9 due to repaving was referring to the separate widening project happening south of Summit High School for the last couple months. The crew working on that project, which CDOT contracted out, also will be repaving this week.

By next week, Noll said, traffic on that section of Highway 9 will likely be switched to the other side of the road.

Trulove said she hadn’t spoken with the contractor for that project Monday, but she believes it is running on schedule.

“That project’s been running so smoothly,” she said. “I think those guys are close.”

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