Road and Recpath Projects

The Road & Bridge Department, as well as other agencies/organizations in Summit County, are working on a number of road and recpath projects. Some projects are in the construction phase; others are in planning or design phases.

CO Highway 9 South Access Control Plan

The Town of Blue River, Town of Breckenridge, Summit County and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have identified a need to develop an Access Control Plan for Colorado State Highway 9 in Summit County between MP 77.5 (Carroll Lane) and MP 86.26 (Broken Lance Drive), a total distance of approximately 8.76 miles. The access control plan will give CDOT and local agencies a long-range planning document to identify access points along the state highway. In addition to the Access Control Plan, the project team is developing a conceptual (15%) trail design within the study limits to expand on the Hoosier Pass Recreational Pathway Feasibility Study that was completed in 2013. The conceptual trail design will give local agencies a starting point to obtain future funding opportunities.

Peak One Drive

In summer and fall of 2019, extensive construction is taking place on 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. 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.

Boreas Pass Road

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.

Summit Cove Loop Project

Through the Summit Cove Loop Project, Summit County is installing bicycle/pedestrian lanes in both directions along Summit Drive and Cove Boulevard, creating safer and more enjoyable walking and riding experiences along a 2.4-mile loop in the Summit Cove neighborhood. This multi-year project also includes roadway improvements, drainage improvements and enhanced connectivity with the Summit County Recpath and Summit Stage transit services.

In July 2019, 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.

Learn more about the Summit Cove Loop Project.

Swan Mountain Road

Starting July 29th, Summit County will begin work on improvements to the Swan Mountain Road Recreational Pathway. The projects will take place at both ends of Swan Mountain Road, providing enhanced shoulders, pathway widening, pavement markings, signage and bike/pedestrian crossings. One project is located near the Blue River Sanitation District Plant at Highway 9. The other is on the east end of Swan Mountain Road near Cove Boulevard and Highway 6.

Each of the two projects will take about two weeks to complete. Work will start on the west end of Swan Mountain Road near Highway 9 later this week. Once that project is complete, work will begin on the east end of Swan Mountain Road near Cove Boulevard, wrapping up in mid-August.

Construction crews will maintain detours and traffic control on Swan Mountain Road, and the Recpath will remain open throughout construction. However, cyclists and motorists should use extra caution when traveling through these locations and slow down when approaching work zones.

Soda Creek Culverts, Summit Drive

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.

Seasonal Road Maintenance

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 throughout the county to conduct dust mitigation, pothole repairs, drainage maintenance, recreational pathway openings, seasonal road openings and other summer upkeep.