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Frisco’s Main Street is open for business

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

Columbine workers finished phase two of Frisco's "Step Up Main Street" project on Tuesday, two weeks ahead of the estimated completion date.

With a fresh layer a pavement in place and paint lines down and light posts up, Frisco's Main Street is open for business.

The town's main drag was reopened at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and will remain open until the Colorado BBQ Challenge this weekend.

"The town and Columbine pushed hard to complete this project — not only on time, but two weeks early," town manager Bill Efting said in statement. "The town knows that this type of closure on Main Street has been hard on merchants and the community as a whole."

He added that this spring's project — the second and largest phase of Frisco's Main Street overhaul — was finished before the estimated completion date of June 30, despite the loss of a week of construction in May due to rain and snow.

"Columbine certainly put in long days and weekends throughout the entire phase to get it finished this early, including this past Saturday, because it ended up being our weather window to pave the final layer," said Frisco spokeswoman Brodie Boilard.

In addition to adding much-needed drainage improvements and lowering the road 10 inches, the town added sharrows to accommodate bike traffic, custom lampposts built by Frisco Public Works, new brick pavers and sidewalks. The only remaining work at this point is some minor construction cleanup.

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To celebrate, the town, Columbine and Coors Light will host an end-of-construction party at Foote's Rest on June 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free Coors Light for adults and ice cream for kids will be available, and barbecue may be purchased.

The town's Main Street was last redone in 1982, and town officials hope the storefront will last another 30 years.

"We want to do it right. We want to make it last another 30 years and look good," Boilard said.

Phase 3 of construction is scheduled for this fall and will cover two blocks of Main Street from Madison Avenue to 2nd Avenue. The final phase of construction, stretching from 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue, will be completed in the spring of 2016. A final cost estimate for the project is not available at this time.