July repaving projects stretch across Copper, Summit Cove and Silverthorne
Summit County has planned a slew of repaving projects around the arrival of Cutler Repaving, a contractor that recycles old asphalt into fresh pavement. Assistant county manager Thad Noll said the contractor has started work at Copper and will move to pave the side streets of Summit Cove before finishing work in Silverthorne.
“We’re working to get it done before the Fourth of July for Copper,” Noll said. “You’re reusing a lot of the asphalt and saving a lot of resources. It’s cheaper, and you get a great product.”
As part of the process, old asphalt is broken up ahead of time before a single machine passes over the road, melting down the old asphalt and adding a recycling agent before placing down an initial layer. Then, a second layer of fresh asphalt is added on top.
“It’s like a fire-breathing dragon going down the road, melting the asphalt and putting it back together,” said Todd Gonsen of Cutler Repaving. “We’re pretty much the only ones west of the Mississippi doing this process. It’s kind of a cost-savings with the material, and it’s good for the environment.”
Cutler is currently working on Copper Road, stretching from Highway 91 to the traffic circle. He said the company would work on that stretch until the end of the week, before moving on to the next project.
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“That’s where everyone had us start, so we can get this piece out of the way,” Gonsen added. “It’s a big deal for Copper Mountain since they’re repaving the shuttle road before the summer ramps up.”
Noll said the next segment of the project will last until about mid-July, with repaving work on the Idlewild Drive, Vail Circle, Meadow Drive and Hideaway Court side roads in Summit Cove.
Then, Cutler will spend three weeks in Silverthorne repaving several roads throughout the town. Construction will take place on several side streets connecting to Adams Avenue, including 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th streets, as well as Adams Avenue itself. Rainbow Drive, Center Circle, Lagoon Lane and Bald Eagle Road will also be repaved starting in mid-July.
To prepare for construction, Silverthorne Public Works will mill off old asphalt near curbs, road pans and driveways. They will also fix two large patches on Bald Eagle Road, near Flyline Drive and near the town’s booster station in Angler Mountain Ranch. Once the Cutler process is finished, the roads will be re-striped before they are complete.
“It’s a collaborative effort to get this thing done,” Gonsen said. “Between Copper Mountain, Silverthorne and the county, they’re all pooling their resources and working together.”
Noll said that cooperation entails sharing responsibility to haul asphalt back and forth between the construction site. For the Copper project, Silverthorne and the county will help haul asphalt, and Silverthorne will in turn receive assistance with their segment of the project.
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