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Local drivers can learn about major Northwest Colorado roadwork at upcoming meeting

Scott Franz

The Colorado Department of Transportation will grant funding to a safety improvement project proposed for Colorado Highway 9. In addition to shoulders, the project will add underpasses and overpasses on the highway that will allow wildlife to avoid collisions with motorists.

— Officials from Kirkland Construction and the Colorado Department of Transportation will be in Steamboat Springs next week to brief the public on a major construction project that will soon impact many local drivers.

The Colorado Highway 9 improvement project will add eight-foot-wide shoulders and wildlife underpasses and overpasses to a stretch of the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling, a section that was the site of 47 car accidents involving wild animals between 2007 and 2011.

Officials overseeing the work will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the construction schedule, the plans to maintain access for wildlife during the project and the traffic impacts drivers can expect.

The work will occur between Kremmling and the Green Mountain Reservoir north of Silverthorne.

“It’s supposed to be starting any moment,” State Transportation Commissioner Kathy Connell said Wednesday.

The work contract lasts 2 1/2 years, and construction will take a pause during the winter seasons.

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The construction kickoff meeting is being held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Citizens Hall.

Community members can sign up to receive project updates by calling 970-724-4724 or emailing SH9Kremmling@publicinfoteam.com.

Alternate routes available

Drivers who want to avoid cone zones this summer on Highway 9 have a few alternate routes to consider that may make for a quicker trip depending on the length of construction delays.

They include Colorado Highway 131, which connects Steamboat Springs to Interstate 70 at Wolcott.

This trip is about 35 miles longer than a trip to Silverthorne via Highway 9.

Drivers can also continue on U.S. Highway 40 through Kremmling and continue on to Berthoud Pass instead of taking Highway 9.

This route is about 15 miles longer than the Highway 9 route.

All of the alternate routes are expected to be discussed next week at the kickoff meeting.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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