Roundabout work to tie up summer traffic |

Roundabout work to tie up summer traffic

BRECKENRIDGE – Traffic will likely be slow and snarled all next summer as Colorado Department of Transportation crews begin work on a roundabout at North Park Avenue and Main Street in Breckenridge.Preliminary work to install two bridge abutments north of the existing bridge will begin before the end of this month. Work there will require Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to close the recreational pathway and divert bicyclists and pedestrians onto Airport Road.

The second phase of the project, to begin next spring, will involve placing steel girders on the abutments and building the bridge. At that point, traffic in and out of town will be one way in each direction, said CDOT project engineer Ina Zisman. CDOT will stage its work on a small parcel of land south of 7-Eleven.Once the new bridge is finished, traffic in both directions will be redirected from Main Street onto French Street to Park Avenue and over the new bridge to give crews room to work on the roundabout.

Work will include blasting the east hillside and creating lanes.The roundabout is needed to provide easier access into and out of town. CDOT and the town of Breckenridge recently relocated Highway 9 from Main Street to Park Avenue to better direct traffic to outlying parking lots and give the town more freedom to use the street.

Work was supposed to begin on the roundabout this summer, but delays in hiring a contractor postponed it until now, Zisman said. The contractor is Dickels Construction of Steamboat Springs.- Jane Stebbins

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