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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Summit County Announces Summer 2019 Road Projects

An electronic sign at the side of a road reads, "Peak One Drive Closed."

Peak One Drive will be closed for construction June 17 through early November

ContactRobert Jacobs, Road & Bridge Director: 970-668-4212 

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Road & Bridge Department is switching into warm-weather mode, with several road improvements and maintenance projects on the summer calendar. Major improvements are slated for Peak One Drive, Swan Mountain Road, Cove Boulevard and Boreas Pass Road. Crews will also conduct seasonal maintenance on County roads throughout the community that were damaged during the unusually harsh 2018-2019 winter.

"It was a great winter for skiing, but it was very hard on our roads, leaving major potholes on Baldy Road, Swan Mountain Road, Dillon Dam Road and Huron Road, in particular," County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. "We'll have contractors and our own great Road & Bridge team out there to address those issues, in addition to their work on larger-scale projects in a number of neighborhoods."

On Monday, June 17, work will begin on the reconstruction of Peak One Drive, between the Summit County Commons and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. A new road alignment will make room for a new sand storage building and transit operations center. The sand storage building is scheduled for construction this summer and will be shared by CDOT and Summit County Road & Bridge snow removal operations when complete. The realignment of Peak One Drive will remove one of the tighter curves in the road, improving drivability for buses and emergency vehicles, which use the road frequently.

The building construction and road realignment will require Peak One Drive to be fully closed in both directions from June 17 until early November. Access to the County Commons, including the upper and lower parking lots, will be maintained for the duration of the project. However, the west side of the upper parking lot will be closed to the public, as it will be reconfigured and used for construction staging. Access to the Summit County Medical Office Building and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center will remain open via the Highway 9 entrance. The Recpath will also remain open during the project.

Summit County has contracted with Columbine Hills Concrete to complete the next phase of Boreas Pass Road reconstruction, scheduled to begin in mid-August. This project will be a continuation of the work completed over the past two years, including drainage improvements and full reconstruction of approximately 1,700 feet of roadway between the end of last year’s work and the intersection with Baldy Road. Users should anticipate one-lane closures and possible short-duration detours.

In July, construction will begin on the final phase of the Summit Cove Loop Project. Columbine Hills Concrete will construct buffered bicycle-pedestrian lanes and other roadway improvements on Cove Boulevard, between Sunlight Drive and Swan Mountain Road. The project is scheduled to start July 22, but may begin as early as July 15, depending on the contractor’s availability. Construction is scheduled to run through Sept. 13. This work will require some one-lane closures and involve significant work at the entrance to the neighborhood, so drivers and cyclists should anticipate traffic delays.

Summit County contracted with A-1 Chipseal to complete a chip seal project on Swan Mountain Road in summer 2018. Over the course of the 2018-2019 winter season, a significant amount of the new material separated from the road surface, necessitating warranty repair work. A-1 Chipseal will return this summer to perform the warranty work. This will require a two-day closure of Swan Mountain Road in late July. Work will take place when the weather is conducive to the installation and curing of the material.

At the southern end of Summit Drive in Summit Cove, crews will replace the three Soda Creek culverts with a pre-fabricated concrete bridge. This work was originally scheduled to take place in fall 2018, but inclement weather pushed it to 2019. The project's new projected start date is Oct. 1. The work will involve a full closure of the road, lasting about one week, while crews remove the old culverts and set the new structure in place. In addition to alleviating maintenance problems the culverts have caused, the bridge will provide flood protection for neighboring homes and may result in removal of at least one residence from the regulatory floodplain.

The Road & Bridge Department will select a contractor to repair the large potholes that developed during the winter at the intersection of Huron Road and Highway 9. Summit County anticipates this work will take place in late June or early July. Summit County Road & Bridge crews will repair the seasonal damage to Swan Mountain Road, Dillon Dam Road and Baldy Road. This work is currently scheduled for late July or early August.

In addition to the larger construction and maintenance projects, Summit County Road & Bridge crews will be working on many other County roads to conduct dust mitigation, pothole repairs, drainage maintenance, recreational pathway openings, seasonal road openings and other summer upkeep.

"It was a long winter, so we hope everyone has a fun, safe and enjoyable summer out on our County roads and paved pathways," Summit County Road & Bridge Director Robert Jacobs said. "When you see our folks working out there, please help ensure their safety by slowing down, being patient and paying close attention to flaggers."

For more information about these or other projects, contact the Summit County Road & Bridge Department at 970-668-3590.


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