The September 2013 flooding took a devastating toll on the state of Colorado. At one point, more than 30 state highways or interstates were closed due to infrastructure damage or water standing on the highways.
CDOT has reopened all of the highways impacted by the flood in a temporary condition. Many will require permanent repairs in the future. For each project, CDOT will work with contractors to minimize impacts to motorists, provide access to residents when possible, all the while simultaneously moving forward on construction as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible.
Final Debris Removal
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Phillips and Jordan, Inc. have set the final dates and drop off locations for debris removal along flood-impacted state highways. Each date and drop off is weather dependent, and crews will verify that all debris is flood-related. Due to winter weather conditions (snow, high winds, ice, etc.), flood-related debris should only be brought to the drop-off locations a day or two prior to the date of pickup identified below. Non-flood related dumping of any kind is not permitted on the flood-impacted highways in the right-of-way, and those who do so will be subject to punishment by law enforcement. Residents may bring only flood-related debris to the following locations on the following dates in chronological order:
Vegetative debris is defined as branches, plants, trees, and grass that came loose during the flood. Construction and demolition debris is defined as wood framing from houses, furniture, carpet, clothes, concrete, etc. Regular household garbage will not be accepted and should be disposed of by residents. Once collected, debris is taken directly to local landfills for final disposal or to CDOT properties to be reduced and eventually used for construction or slope stabilization.
September 2013 Floods - CDOT's Story
US 36 Emergency Repairs Underway
In January 2014, CDOT and the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) combined expertise and resources to design and construct the final repairs on US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park following the devastating 2013 flood. Work on the emergency repairs is now underway and more information is available via the project website here.
The schedule for the US 36 repairs is aggressive, and will include lengthy delays heavy impacts to motorists. The use of alternate routes including US 34 and State Highway 7 is strongly advised to avoid more than hour-long delays through the project limits.
Major projects resulting from the flood included:
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