Highway 9 construction restarting | SummitDaily.com

Highway 9 construction restarting

SUMMIT COUNTY – The last of three summers of construction on Highway 9 north of Silverthorne is under way.

The project last year generated ample controversy when regular commuters through the area complained of lengthy delays and hazardous road conditions, but Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials don’t expect a repeat of those problems.

“That’s going to be watched very carefully this year,” said Bob Wilson, CDOT spokesman. “Flaggers will monitor closely how long the queue is getting to make sure we don’t get any of what we could call excessive delays.”

Delays, which will allow one lane of traffic at a time to travel through the work zone, are not expected to exceed 20 minutes.

The work is slated to wrap up in September or October.

The $14 million project, which began in 2001, updates a six-mile stretch of the highway from nine miles north of Interstate 70 to 15 miles north of it. The construction involves widening shoulders, adding retaining walls and softening curves.

Most of this year’s work is concentrated in a two-mile stretch of the road, which means traffic won’t have to travel through six miles of intense construction as it did last summer.

Commercial vehicles wider than 10 feet won’t be allowed through the project area during work hours, which are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

CDOT is overseeing the project, contracting the work to Denver-based PCL Civil Constructors.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com.

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