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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column starting the betting pool on how long it takes for Highway 9 to clog up again and become unsafe after construction this summer.

If you thought the ice melt contest was a hoot, this should leave you breathless with laughter and sore in the face from smiling.

In case you didn’t read the front-page story yesterday, construction will soon begin – surprise! – on Highway 9 between Frisco and Breck.

The work will include beginning (but not completing – surprise!) a roundabout at Breck’s north end, new traffic lights, some additional turn lanes and a transit center in the Watson lot.

Those of you who spent the past two summers commuting between Silverthorne and the north end of the county now get your turn laughing at all the frustrated drivers who travel the northern leg of the state highway.

The whole idea of this highway project, by the way, is to relieve traffic congestion, get drivers off Breck’s Main Street and make the whole stretch of road safer. And you thought it was just to give road-builders something to do.

Our favorite part of the project is putting up a jersey barrier in the curves north of Farmer’s Korner. Why? Because it’s just not as spectacular hitting a deer that runs across the road – the splatter is much better when the animal has to jump into your path.

So, send us your bets on just how far the traffic will back up during construction (we’ll take guesses on southbound and northbound), and on what date during next ski season the traffic will first gridlock and lead to a collision (we’ll separate categories for two- and three-car crashes).


Friday – it’s more than just bingo night, ladies and gentlemen. Let us know if your house was as cold as ours was last night at summitup@summit, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just explain that, no, you looked at the weather forecast and turned the heat on before you went to work on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out practicing driving slalom through the cone zone …

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