Road improvements planned for Summit County this summer
Summit Daily News
BRECKENRIDGE – Several Summit County roads will be made safer for drivers and cyclists this summer, with big reconstruction and repaving projects planned for Swan Mountain Road, the Dillon Dam Road and Highway 9 from Tiger Road to the Church at Agape Outpost.
Swan Mountain Road will see safety and drainage improvements from Farmer’s Korner to the summit and the addition of a roadside bike path. The project will include widening the stretch of road over an existing drainage ditch to provide an extra four-foot curb to be used as a path for bicyclists and a wider shoulder for vehicle safety in the winter.
“What this will enable us to do is make the road safer, improve drainage and while we’re at it, we’ll also add a four-foot bike lane,” assistant county manager Thad Noll said of the project. “When it’s all finished, the whole thing will be nice new asphalt.”
Recpath maintenance and resurfacing will also be done on the Dillon Dam Road over the summer, Noll said. The reconstruction will include improvements to the recpath from the campground to the face of the dam and a resurfacing of the road, as well as unspecified improvements by Denver Water.
The Colorado Department of Transportation will also be putting down an overlay on the crumbling stretch of Hwy. 9 from Tiger Road to Agape as well as resurfacing Highway 91 from Copper Mountain to Leadville and widening the road shoulders between Copper Mountain and Mayflower Gulch.
Noll said the county will try to have construction projects on Swan Mountain Road and the Dillon Dam Road completed by early summer so that the roads can be reopened in time for the arrival of peak summer season.
“In our mind it’s important to get it done before the big summer crowds get there,” Noll said, “And so people living here can have a whole summer’s use of (the bike paths).”
There is a small window of time when crews can do repaving work, and saving the projects for after the peak summer period would mean risking not finishing the work before the weather turns colder, Noll said.
Swan Mountain Road will likely be closed during the day for construction, but open at night and on weekends, while the Dam Road might be closed for the duration of the project.
“We know this is an inconvenience,” Noll said. “But we think that it’s a big benefit to the public. Once it’s finished, if we can get it all done in June, we’ll all enjoy the things completed all summer long. We think it’s worth the inconvenience.”
Exact costs for the projects have not been determined, as the proposals haven’t gone to bid yet, and county officials asked that estimates not be released until after the bidding process is complete.
The county will also be resurfacing the recpath near Bill’s Ranch, though that project will likely take place later in the summer.
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