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Repaving work to begin in Silverthorne, Dillon

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – Construction work in Silverthorne shifts gears Wednesday when the Colorado Department of Transportation begins its repaving project.

The $2.3 million job will extend from Silverthorne’s Golden Eagle Road south to Lake Dillon Drive in Dillon. It is slated for completion in mid-September.

Workers will begin milling operations from Bald Eagle to the Dillon Dam Road beginning Wednesday for 12 to 15 days. Paving is scheduled to begin July 29 and take about four weeks.

Some of the work may take place at night.

“We’re going to try doing milling during the day on the north end of the project,” said Kevin Brown, project engineer. “But if traffic gets too nasty, we’ll push them over to nights.

“We have to do paving during the daytime because temperatures are historically too low at night for it. The construction operations will be moving, and we’ll try to minimize the effects as much as we can. We’ll have four lanes for the weekends.”

The one-lane thoroughfare that will accompany much of work won’t be new to Silverthorne drivers. The state and the town have been working together for several weeks to add an eastbound Interstate 70 turn lane and install a median from the I-70 interchange to Wildernest Road, a project that is nearly complete.

But drivers shouldn’t expect to see this type of project again for a long time. Colorado highways typically are milled and repaved every 10 years, Brown said.

“In the high alpine environment, the sun just cooks away the asphalt,” he said. “If we wait much longer, the potholes will start showing up and it will go downhill pretty quick. We’re actually catching it at just the right time as far as pavement life goes.”

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


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