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Hwy. 9 widening continues on schedule, with closures

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – The construction project to widen Highway 9 north of Breckenridge continues on schedule, and Coyne Valley Road is to reopen to traffic by May 21.

The approach to the intersection from Coyne Valley Road to the highway is to be flattened to allow easier access, according to representatives of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

“We had problems with cars spinning tires, icing this thing up,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said at a county work session with CDOT on Tuesday.

The same day Coyne Valley reopens, Valley Brook Road is scheduled to close – reopening by June 4.

Both intersections remain closed 24/7 during the dates of the scheduled closures, with access available only to emergency vehicles and school buses, according to a press release from Colorado Department of Transportation.

The highway project of about 1.5 miles fromValley Brook Road north to Fairview Boulevard will continue to have occasional delays during the week, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release.

Delays may be expected Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 7 a.m. to

3 p.m. The speed limit through the segment is 35 mph.

The $9.25 million project financed through federal stimulus funds has been under way since last year and is to be complete by November, according to CDOT.

In other CDOT news, the heavy tow and courtesy patrol programs continued to help keep traffic flowing through the winter.

The programs involve teams and equipment kept along Interstate 70, such as at the Eisenhower Tunnel, to offer assistance when motorists get into trouble.

For winter 2009-10, the heavy tow program led to relocation of 212 commercial vehicles (the large ones typically affected by chain laws) and 245 lanes were cleared. The average time to clear a lane was 23 minutes, according to CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson.

He said the lane-clearing time has sharply declined since before the program began in winter 2007-08. Previously it took as much as an hour for a lane to get cleared.

The vehicles towed are taken to safe areas away from traffic, where traditional tow-truck services may be used.

In winter 2008-9, 184 commercial vehicles were relocated and 217 lanes were cleared.

Considering impacts to trade, travel, tourism and recreation, Wilson said the program’s 2009-10 impact saved about $23.7 million – relative to $21.4 million the previous year.

The courtesy patrol program involves CDOT patrols giving gas to stranded motorists or helping change tires. Thousands of non-commercial motorists have received help through this program.

Contact Robert Allen at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com


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