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Work, closures continue on I-70, Hwy. 91

Caddie Nath
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The Colorado Department of Transportation and town governments are taking advantage of a dwindling number of weeks of warm weather to pull together ongoing summer projects.

CDOT crews will begin paving operations on two segments of Interstate 70 between Silverthorne and the Eisenhower Tunnel this week. Operations will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday requiring single-lane closures, while crews resurface the road to extend the life of the highway, according to a CDOT statement.

Maintenance and road improvement operations will also continue on Highway 91 and I-70 over Vail Pass this month.

One eastbound and or westbound lane will be closed on Hwy. 91 Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews mill the road and the Copper Mountain Bridge. The project on the Lake County side of Fremont Pass will likely be completed by the end of September, but work on the Summit County side is weather dependent and could continue into next spring.

There will be no work on I-70 at Vail pass today or Tuesday, but operations will resume Wednesday and Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to noon causing single-lane closures eastbound and westbound. The project is set to be completed by the end of September or sometime in October, CDOT officials said.

In Silverthorne, road improvements around the new Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse site are heading into the final stages.

The Lowe’s signal is expected to be completed by the end of September. A traffic signal installed at Wildernest Road and Stephens Way has been set to blink mode and will continue to blink, keeping the intersection as a two-way stop, for several weeks. The signal will also be connected with the new traffic light Lowe’s is constructing on Wildernest Road, according to a statement from the Town of Silverthorne.

Work on the Stephens Way retaining wall was delayed until after the Labor Day weekend.

Work is also ongoing on the retaining wall above Little Beaver Trail in Dillon, which collapsed last year spilling debris onto the roadway. The road is expected to be closed for repairs through the end of October. Crews are currently installing a new retaining wall expected to keep the problem from reoccurring.

Work began in Breckenridge on the construction of a new concrete path along the east side of Airport Road, which will cause intermittent one-lane closures through September.

Town crews are also working to replace a water main on Shekel Lane, a project that will require a one-lane road configuration for both directions of traffic during the day through the end of September.

The Town of Frisco will begin median work on Summit Boulevard Sept. 12 from Main Street south to just beyond 8th Avenue. The work will likely last 10 days.

The town is also repaving the park and ride on West Main by I-70 this month. Though it will be open weekends and most nights, residents should expect periodic closures.

Work on the Dillon Dam Road and the expansion of Old Dillon Reservoir will continue this month, though the road will be open to traffic during the day. Drivers will see delays and the road will not be open at night until Denver Water completes a project to improve security in October.

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