The Town of Winter Park will be providing regular updates on the North Portal Project as it progresses from design through construction. Please visit this site for updates as they occur.
October 30th, 2013:
Significant progress has been made, with traffic lanes in both the north and south direction opening up on US Highway 40 as well as the stoplight now in operation. There still remains a tremendous amount of work to complete, but Conroy Excavating is working as diligently as possible to wrap up the project.
For the week of October 28th:
Kopp Construction will complete the curb and gutter through Rosie’s Way, which signifies that the vast majority of the drainage system is complete and allows the remainder of the asphalt paving to commence. It is anticipated that all asphalt paving will be done on Friday, November 1st.
Paving will occur at the Post Office entrance, on Rosie’s Way, and along the northernmost parking lane in front of the Post Office.
The traffic light was turned on at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday (the 30th).
Conroy Excavating and Morrow and Sons Construction are continuing to prep for the new sidewalks on both sides of the highway, from the Foundry to the Post Office.
Power to the People will be working to complete the underground portion of the electrical service for the replacement of pedestrian lighting along the highway.
For the week of November 4th:
Kopp Construction will begin pouring the concrete sidewalk, beginning on the north side of the project and working to the south. It is anticipated that sidewalk pouring will take approximately 2-3 weeks.
As the sidewalk is installed, Conroy Excavating will perform fine grading on sloped areas to create positive drainage. Revegetation of these disturbed areas will occur, depending on snow depth.
Conroy Excavating will begin to de-mobilize from the Sitzmark South site.
Completion of the caissons and hanging of pedestrian and street lights will commence.
October 16th, 2013
For the week of the 16th, significant milestones are scheduled to take place. Specifically, the storm drainage system will be completed, the majority of the highway will get new asphalt, and the traffic signals will be going up. A few pictures of the progress:
October 10th, 2013
The intersection of US Highway 40 and King’s Crossing Road is open again; however, it will be closed intermittently as work on the North Portal Project requires. The contractor is making good progress on the project, and most of the underground infrastructure is installed. In fact, the Town received significant rain and snowfall on October 4th, and the new drainage system handled it extremely well. The new hydrodynamic separators filled with dirty water from the highway, and the outflow from the drainage system was considerably cleaner than the water coming into it. We are very close to being on-schedule for our November 1st completion date, and the contractor will continue to plug away over the next three weeks to finish off the project.
For the week of October 7th:
For the week of October 14th:
As noted above, significant milestones are anticipated during this timeframe, specifically the repaving of the highway and the placement of the traffic signals. We appreciate your patience during delays, and we hope that the progress we are making justifies some of the delays.
September 27, 2013
The intersection of King's Crossing Road and US Highway 40 remains closed. Please look for alternative access to businesses in this area via Lions Gate Drive during construction. It is our estimation that the closure will remain in effect for approximately one more week, and we apologize for any delays you may be experiencing.
For the week of September 23rd:
We are relocating the fire hydrant and water line for Hernando's on the northeast corner of the intersection in order to properly place the new traffic signal pole in that area. Water will be turned off intermittently during this time to area businesses, and the contractor will be communicating directly with those affected.
Installation of new storm sewer is occuring around the new retaining wall around the Hernando's site.
Sturgeon Electric is digging, drilling, and installing the new caissons for the traffic signal poles.
Morrow and Sons is continuing to fill the northwest side of the King's Crossing intersection and prepping for curb installation.
Kopp Construction is pouring curb and gutter along US Highway 40 from the Foundry entrance to King's Crossing Road.
As-builts are being prepared for the new retaining wall in front of the Pub.
For the week of September, 30th.
Construction will commence on the storm sewer on the west side of the highway heading south. Disruptions to driveways will occur at the entrance to the King's Crossing Center (Carver's and Fontenot's restaurants) during this time. A temporary access point will be installed and ready to go by Saturday the 28th.
Morrow and Sons will fill and prep the retaining wall at the northeast corner of King's Crossing for the installation of curb and gutter around the new bus stop.
Kopp Construction will finish the curb and gutter on the west side of the highway from King's Crossing Road to the driveway at the King's Crossing Center.
A new planter box will be constructed by Kopp Construction along the east side of the highway in the vicinity of the staging area.
Acord Asphalt will install a patch for the deceleration lane between the Foundry and King's Crossing Road.
It is our sincere hope that the winter weather we have been experiencing lately will not cause any furthur delays to the construction schedule. As of now, it appears that we are halfway to completion, with much of the intensive work at the King's Crossing intersection being completed in the next week. We also anticipate that milling and overlaying of the highway will occur during the week of October 6th, so delays can be expected as the highway is prepped for the new asphalt overlay.
September 10th, 2013
Due to a delay in delivery of certain materials, there is a lot of change in this week’s schedule going forward. Despite the delays in materials, the project continues to move forward on schedule.
For the week of September 9th:
Conroy Excavating will work on installing the storm sewer on the west side of the highway.
Half of the retaining wall at the Pub will be backfilled, and the other half of the wall will be poured on Thursday (the 12th).
Sturgeon Electric is now on-site and commencing prep work for the traffic signals. They are currently placing conduit underneath the highway to connect the signals together.
Morrow and Sons will fill the area of the new deceleration lane on the west side of the highway north of King’s Crossing Road.
The stormwater treatment boxes will be delivered on Friday (the 13th).
CC Enterprises will continue to be on-site during the next few weeks for traffic control purposes.
For the week of September 16th:
The intersection at King’s Crossing Road will be shut down for approximately 2-3 weeks. Alternate travel plans are advised.
The stormwater treatment box wil be installed on the west side of the highway, which will allow for cleaner water being discharged back into the Fraser River.
A manhole will be installed in King’s Crossing Road.
Sturgeon Electric will continue their conduit work in the highway. Asphalt patching operations will commence in the highway.
Morrow and Sons will complete filling the deceleration lane in preparation for it to be paved by Acord Asphalt.
September 4th, 2013
Now that we have the Labor Day holiday in our rearview mirror, significant work will begin on the North Portal Project. Much of the work will transition over to the west side of the highway around the intersection at King’s Crossing Road. We anticipate the following to occur this week:
The retaining wall at Hernando’s will be backfilled this week, preparing the area for future flatwork (concrete sidewalk and asphalt bus turnout).
Excavation for the installation of storm sewer will begin this week and will continue over the next few weeks.
Delivery of the hydrodynamic separators for water treatment will happen this week.
The excavation for the retaining wall near the Winter Park Pub will be completed before the end of the week. Half of the wall will be poured on Wednesday, with the remaining footers to be poured on Thursday.
Patches and repairs to Kings Crossing Road will also occur this week.
The traffic signal contractor, Sturgeon, will be mobilizing early in the week and will be preparing the site for the deep caissons that will support the traffic signal poles. They will also be trenching in conduit across the highway which will power the signals. This will cause significant delays as the subsurface of the highway is exposed.
Additional traffic control from CC Enterprises will be on site to move traffic as efficiently as possible. Again, expect traffic delays, lane closures, and stoppages.
The second half of the Pub retaining wall will be poured.
The deceleration lane from the Foundry to King’s Crossing Road will begin to be constructed.
King’s Crossing Road will be closed during much of this week. Please plan on alternate routes to destinations in this area.
The Town Council appreciates your continued patience!
August 27th, 2013
The North Portal Project is continuing nicely, and the contractor (Conroy Excavating) believes that we remain on schedule, if not a little ahead of where we anticipated being at. The new retaining wall at Hernando’s has been poured, and will hopefully be backfilled early next week after the Labor Day holiday. For the remainder of this week, we anticipate the following:
Survey completion for future drainage improvements (specifically the new drainage pipes).
Continuation of the excavation for the retaining wall to be installed adjacent to the Winter Park Pub, with pouring of the first set of footers for the retaining wall occurring on August 28th.
In conjunction with Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1, there will be some exploratory work (known as potholing) around a water line that serves the area. The goal is to find exactly where the water line is to ensure that our new drainage pipe will work around it. We will also be doing this for some fiber lines that are in the area.
The contractor will be ending their activities early this week ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend. There will be no construction activities on either Friday the 30th or Monday the 2nd. Construction will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd, and the schedule for that week is as follows:
Backfill the retaining wall near Hernando’s.
Start excavation for storm drainage improvements.
Begin forming of the retaining wall near the Pub, including placement of rebar in the wall form.
In addition, patching along King’s Crossing Road from winter water line repairs will most likely commence within the next two weeks, making a detour of King’s Crossing Road a necessity at times.
August 21st, 2013
Construction has been underway for a week and a half, and the Town’s contractor is making good progress thus far. The Town’s entryway features (specifically the median) have been removed, and the excavation for the new wall and bus stop adjacent to Hernando’s is complete. For the remainder of this week (the 19th through the 23rd), the following will take place:
The retaining wall at Hernando’s will be poured by Kopp Construction.
Morrow and Sons will continue to grub, grade and fill on the east side of the highway for the new acceleration lane north of King’s Crossing Road/Telemark Drive.
The new retaining wall area in front of the Winter Park Pub will be excavated starting on Thursday.
The footer and retaining wall in front of the Pub will be formed, but most likely not poured until the following week.
Paving will occur on the east side of the highway where the new acceleration lane is being constructed.
As always, we ask all motorists, bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians to be mindful of the construction activities and equipment in the project area. Sidewalks in the area are now closed, and alternate routes have been set up to allow for access between Winter Park and Fraser. There have been a lot of near-misses in the construction zone, and our main goal is to keep you safe!
The Town of Winter Park has officially received its Notice to Proceed from the Colorado Department of Transportation. This was the final hurdle to clear ahead of starting construction on Monday, August 12th. The Town’s contractor, Conroy Excavating, Inc., has been holding regular pre-construction meetings to organize its subcontractors ahead of the start date. The last pre-construction meeting was held today with CDOT in attendance. The construction will begin with the demolition of the center median starting on Monday, with its removal hopefully complete by Wednesday. During the median demolition, traffic will be reduced to one lane, so please be patient with the delays. As always, be on the lookout for all construction workers and be mindful of the request of our traffic control experts. The closed lane will reopen during the evenings, allowing for normal traffic movement. Following the demolition of the median, Conroy will commence with the excavation around Hernando’s restaurant to install drainage pipes and a new retaining wall. This will prepare the area for a new bus stop to be located north of the future intersection, protecting pedestrians and bus travel movements. More details after the completion of the retaining wall work can be found on the construction schedule, posted on the Town’s website. Please forgive our mess during this construction period – the end product will be worth it! All of our businesses will remain open during construction, so please heed all traffic signs and contractors when moving through the construction zone.
July 24, 2013
The Town of Winter Park has approved the expenditure of up to $1.9M for improvements to US Highway 40, known as the "North Portal Project". The project includes numerous safety, drainage, and aesthetic improvements along with a traffic signal at King's Crossing Road. The Project is scheduled to commence on Monday, August 12th, and is intended to be completed and operational by November 1, 2013. The Town is working closely with its contractor, Conroy Excavating, Inc. of Tabernash, CO, to ensure public safety throughout the construction process. During construction; closures, delays, and detours can be expected. The Town and Conroy Excavating ask for your patience during our mess. The end result will be a safer intersection that adds to the value of Winter Park. Please see the July 24, 2013 article from the Sky Hi Daily News.