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Fall weather could hinder roadwork in Summit County

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

The completion of several road construction projects in and around Summit County now largely depend on the weather this fall.

A colder, rainy and eventually snowy October could slow down several ongoing roadwork projects, particularly on Highway 91 and Interstate 70, possibly even pushing them into next season, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said.

“When you’re working this time of year, they’re all weather dependent,” CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said. “We just never know what kind of fall weather we’re going to receive.”

CDOT crews are currently working to complete two ongoing maintenance projects on Highway 91 on either side of Fremont Pass and on I-70 at Vail Pass by the end of October.

The work on Vail Pass will continue to cause single-lane closures in both directions from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. The lane closures slow traffic down, but generally delays have been less than 20 minutes, officials said.

On Highway 91, milling and paving operations continue beginning at 7 a.m. until later in the evening Monday through Friday. A northbound or southbound lane will be closed to allow crews to work, causing up to 15-minute traffic stops.

State transportation crews will also begin work repairing a section of Highway 9, approximately 4.5 miles south of Breckenridge in the Town of Blue River. The highway flooded earlier this summer at a cross section with the Blue River due to blocked culverts.

“We’re replacing three old steel culverts that failed and were only 48 inches in diameter with three, 5-by-9-foot, concrete box culverts,” said CDOT resident engineer Grant Anderson. “The river’s at its lowest level in September, so it’s the best time of year to do this type of work.”

Work will begin Monday, reducing the road to one lane for both directions from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday and causing delays of up to 15 minutes. The project will also require one full closure overnight from 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 to 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23. The .2-mile closure will bisect Blue River and require a detour through Leadville, Buena Vista and using U.S. 285.

The $300,000 repair project will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 27, including the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25.

CDOT is also installing a new single-lane roundabout at the 15th and Argentine Street intersection in Georgetown, which, officials state, will improve traffic flows in and out of the town during high volume periods. The $1.5-million project is set to be completed by late November. Traffic impacts from the work will be limited, according to a CDOT statement, but may include periodic lane closures between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Town of Dillon is pushing forward with repair work on a retaining wall above Little Beaver Trail. The road was closed for clean up earlier this summer, after the wall collapsed onto the roadway last year. The project should wrap up by late October, Dillon officials said.

Lake Dillon Drive will also be closed at Highway 6 until about 5 or 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday while Dillon overlays the roadway. An overlay project will close Buffalo St. on Wednesday until 5 or 6 p.m. as well.

Frisco is pushing forward with median work on Summit Blvd. south of Main Street, which is causing periodic lane closures. The project will most likely continue through next week.

A reconstruction project in the River Pines subdivision is also under way. The project might be paved and complete by the end of next week, Frisco public works officials said.

In Breckenridge, work has started on a new concrete sidewalk installation on Airport Road. The project is causing intermittent one-lane closures through the month of September, according to information released by the town.

A water main replacement on Shekel Lane is also ongoing and is expected to continue through the end of September. The project requires a one-lane road configuration during the day. Property owners are being given 24 hours’ notice prior to any water service interruption, according to a town update.

Work on new roundabouts and guard shacks intended to improve security on the Dillon Dam Road will also continue this month and next. Drivers may experience some delays during the day, and the road will not be open at night until the work is complete.

Denver Water expects the project to wrap up by the end of October.


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