Highway lane closures begin between Silverthorne and Kremmling | CraigDailyPress.com

Highway lane closures begin between Silverthorne and Kremmling

Scott Franz
A map provided by Kirkland Construction and the Colorado Department of Transportation shows the alternate routes drivers can take to avoid the cone zone.

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— A major road construction project is now in full swing on Colorado Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling.

Construction crews this week are working to improve a six-mile stretch of the highway just south of Kremmling.

Drivers should expect delays if they decide to take this route to and from the Front Range.

Through Friday, there will be rolling-lane closures with alternating traffic on Highway 9 for delineator removal, according to a news release about the project.

There will also be a single-lane closure on a stretch of the highway that will impact both directions of traffic so that crews can perform mass excavation.

In addition, a southbound shoulder will be closed for potholing and utility relocation.

Crews will work on the highway from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Kirkland Construction told an audience in Steamboat earlier this month that drivers should expect delays of up to 45 minutes through the construction zone.

Work will continue through the fall and resume next spring with work on another five-mile stretch of the highway.

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

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

CDOT estimates this trip is about 35 minutes longer than using Highway 9.

Drivers can also take U.S. Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass on a route that is about 28 minutes longer.

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

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