Four CDOT projects could affect traffic in Summit County after snow melts |

Four CDOT projects could affect traffic in Summit County after snow melts

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Construction to widen Colorado 9 in Breckenridge is planned to continue once Breckenridge Ski Resort closes, and Interstate 70 projects are scheduled to begin the following month.

If the weather allows, the widening project between Valley Brook Road and Coyne Valley Road could continue April 19, said Bob Wilson, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Construction started last year on the federal stimulus-funded project to widen a 1.4-mile segment of the highway between Breckenridge and Frisco from two to four lanes. The project is expected to be completed this August.

Traffic arrangements during construction are to be similar to last year, with traffic shifting to two lanes on one side of the road while work occurs on the other side.

Wilson said an open house event in a couple weeks will offer information on this and further Colorado 9 projects – with engineers, design consultants and others on hand to answer questions.

The event is scheduled for March 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

A second round of federal stimulus money could lead to ground breaking on a Colorado 9 segment from Tiger Road north to Agape Outpost Chapel this summer after the other project is finished “so we wouldn’t have two major traffic impacts in a 6-mile stretch,” Wilson said.

In the next couple years, construction is also expected to occur on a roundabout where the highway intersects with Fairview Boulevard.

On I-70, a paving project between Silverthorne Hill and Vail is to continue in May, along with some bridgework and striping, to be completed by July.

Farther east along I-70, traffic to and from Summit County could be affected by work from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Bakerville – with paving, barrier replacement and bridgework occurring May through September.

“It could go a little longer,” Wilson said. “It’s all weather dependent.”

In July, barrier replacement work is to begin between the tunnel and Silverthorne before it’s completed in October.

Wilson said maintenance work such as guardrail replacement could be expected to occur this construction season as well.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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