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$10M Summit County highway project could create four-lane route from I-70 to Breckenridge – The Denver Post

The Iron Springs project of Highway 9 between Breckenridge and Friso seen a month before it was completed in November. A follow-up project that would finally create four lanes between I-70 and Breckenridge has tentatively received funding.

Hugh Carey, Summit Daily

The Iron Springs project of Highway 9 between Breckenridge and Friso seen a month before it was completed in November. A follow-up project that would finally create four lanes between I-70 and Breckenridge has tentatively received funding.

A $10 million highway project between Frisco and Breckenridge has been slated for state funding, potentially uncorking a chronic traffic bottleneck near the hospital and establishing four continuous lanes from Interstate 70 to Main Street in Breckenridge.

The project, known colloquially as “the gap,” would put a finishing touch on the Iron Springs bypass, a re-route of Colorado Highway 9 between Farmer’s Korner and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center that was finished in November. To the frustration of some drivers, the highway still returns to one lane in each direction near Frisco.

Funding for the gap project isn’t final yet, but the Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed it is one of 11 slated to receive money from a $1.9 billion funding package passed by the State Legislature in the spring.

The provisional list of projects also includes $80 million of improvements to westbound I-70 in Clear Creek County that would add peak period shoulder lanes. Those have already been built on the east side, where they have eased congestion.

That could also benefit the Summit County economy, but the gap project is the top-ticket item for local transportation officials. Until a couple of weeks ago, it was unclear how it would ever get funding.

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