Lane closures start between Silverthorne, Kremmling |

Lane closures start between Silverthorne, Kremmling

Scott Franz

A worker holds a sign during the beginning of the construction project on Colo. Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne.

— Heads up if you're driving to Denver International Airport or the Front Range next week.

Motorists who take Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne will want to build in some extra wiggle room for the trip if they have to be somewhere by a certain time.

According to the latest update about the road construction project that has resumed on the highway, drivers could encounter 15- to 20-minute delays just north of the Green Mountain Reservoir due to alternating lane closures.

Drivers also could encounter slower speed limits of 35 to 45 miles per hour on the highway.

To receive regular updates on the roadwork and expected delays, residents can email

In addition to the wildlife underpasses and overpasses, the $39.2 million project is installing wildlife fencing, widening the road and improving signage and striping on the 11-mile stretch of highway just south of Kremmling.

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The second phase of the project stretches from mile markers 126 to 131 between Kremmling and the Green Mountain Reservoir.

The entire project is expected to be completed by July 2017.

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