Resurfacing Resumes on Fremont Pass Next Week

May 31, 2012 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins rotomilling and paving nine miles of State Highway 91 between Copper Mountain and Fremont Pass on Monday, June 4.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Operations begin about three miles south of Copper Mountain and proceed south to Climax, atop Fremont Pass.  Traffic stops up to 20 minutes should be expected. A 35 mph speed limit also will be in effect.

The project began in August 2011, and went on winter hiatus in early November.  In addition to paving three miles of SH 91last year, CDOT widened the shoulders between two and four feet along some narrow sections of roadway to enhance vehicle and bicycle safety, rehabilitated the bridge at the Interstate 70/State Highway 91 Interchange, and constructed two basins to collect sediment.

“Paving is extending the highway’s lifecycle a good 10 years,” says CDOT Project Engineer Mike Voxakis.  “Other enhancements, like new striping and signage, improve safety by increasing the visibility on and along the roadway, especially at night.”

In addition to this season’s paving operations, about five miles of new guardrail will be installed, helping to keep vehicles from colliding with roadside hazards.

The $3.7 million project, contracted to Elam Construction, Inc. of Grand Junction, Colo., is scheduled for completion in August 2012.

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the website or by calling 511.  To receive updates on state highway projects via e-mail, visit and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including SH 91- Copper Mtn to Leadville.