Highway 9 construction begins | SkyHiNews.com

Highway 9 construction begins

Wildlife underpass construction on Highway 9 last summer.
Sally DiSciullo / Special to the Sky-Hi News |

Safety improvements have been made in Phase 1 and Phase 2 began on Monday. Aspects of the improvements include widening, improving roadway alignment, straightening severe roadway curves, flattening steep hills to improve drivers’ sight distance, making access and intersection improvements, and implementing wildlife mitigation features such as fencing, underpasses and overpasses to allow wildlife to migrate and to reduce collisions, according to CDOT’s website.

Phase 1 was completed in November 2015 which included culvert replacement and repair, highway realignment and four wildlife crossings.

Phase 2 began on Monday, April 4. and will continue until November 2016 with three wildlife crossings to be added.

Travel Impacts

Northbound and southbound traffic will be reduced down to one lane alternating traffic with 5 minute delays expected from Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. According to CDOT’s website the road surface will be extremely rough. Alternate routes are strongly advised. Some Saturdays will be needed for construction activities and some night work will be required to install overpass structures and pipes in the roadway.

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