Summit County roadwork update |

Summit County roadwork update

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

As major road-construction projects push forward countywide, Summit County Government and Denver Water are preparing for a month-long closure of the Dillon Dam Road for work on the road and recpath, improvements to security features and an expansion of Old Dillon Reservoir.

Officials will shutter the road Aug. 1, and it will remain closed to all traffic through Aug. 31.

The project will include county work to resurface both the road and the adjacent bike path, while a simultaneous Dillon Dam Security Task Force project will implement extensive safety improvements, including roundabouts, enhanced lighting and new entry stations at either end of the dam. The improvements will allow the road to be open to traffic 24 hours a day.

The recpath will remain open for most of August, and access to the campgrounds near Frisco is not expected to be impacted at all by construction.

The first full closures of the Dillon Dam Road are set to begin next week. The road will be closed to traffic July 25 and 26 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for barrier removal.

Labonte Street in Dillon will be inaccessible from the dam road through July 29 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and through the month of August. Residents will be able to access the street from the south.

CDOT crews continue to work repairing and repaving a stretch of Interstate 70 over Vail Pass, causing minor traffic delays. Construction has been completed on the eastbound side, and crews have moved to the westbound lanes.

The work has been less detrimental to traffic flows than expected, CDOT officials said, but drivers can still expect some slow-downs in the area between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings until noon.

Repaving work north and south of Breckenridge on Highway 9 is now finished.

On Highway 91, work coming out of Leadville is underway, causing traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. Crews will continue moving northward starting at the US 24 junction and moving uphill toward the Summit-Lake County line. Work on the Summit County side of Fremont Pass repairing shoulders on the highway near Copper Mountain is expected to begin Aug. 1, though construction crews will only be setting up guardrails and doing preparatory work, leaving the heavy traffic impacts for later in the month.

Construction on Wildernest Road is largely complete, pending the delivery of traffic signals, but Stephens Way is still down to one lane as crews continue moving a retaining wall to allow the road to be widened to three lanes. The project will likely take three to four more weeks.

Buffalo Mountain Drive is also closed while retaining walls at the back of the Lowe’s site are installed.

“We’re not sure exactly when that will be done,” Silverthorne public works director Bill Linfield said. “But the good thing is, when it’s done, it will be brand new and (under) warrantee by Lowe’s not to fail forever. They’re taking responsibility for that rebuild.”

Linfield said emergency crews still have access to the area via a lane up Buffalo Mountain Drive, which will remain open through the closure.

Projects on Ensign Drive and Little Beaver Trail are moving forward in Dillon, though town officials say both will still take several weeks to complete.

In Dillon Valley, Little Beaver Trail is set to reopen to traffic in early October, following work to repair a retaining wall that collapsed last year, spilling debris onto the road.

The Town of Breckenridge is still recovering from a massive summer storm that hit the county Monday. Crews are currently out sweeping streets, rebuilding drainage areas and cleaning up road shoulders and culvert inlet boxes.

The town is also facing an extensive repair project at Coyne Valley Road, which collapsed recently under the force of high water flowing through the Blue River. Updates from the town indicate the repair will take some time, and the road will not be reopened for several weeks. Drivers are advised to use Valleybrook Road to Hwy. 9 instead.

However, Airport Road, which was also underwater due to recent rain and high runoff, is open to traffic again.

Work to relocate underground gas and phone lines on Airport Road began this week and is expected to continue through early August, at which point crews will begin constructing a new concrete sidewalk along the east side of the road.

A project to replace a water main at Shekel Lane and relocate water services in the same area also began this week and likely will not be completed until early August. The work requires a single-lane road configuration. Property owners are being given 24 hour’s notice of interruptions in water service, according to a statement from the town.

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