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US 36 Lyons to Estes

Telephone Town Hall Recording

The Colorado Department of Transportation hosted a telephone town hall on Monday, June 30th, to discuss the details about Phase 2 of the US 36 permanent reconstruction following last September’s devastating floods. Click here to download and listen to the telephone town hall call.

Ongoing Travel Impacts

To date, crews have placed a total of 17,776 tons of asphalt.  Crews have completed paving the roadway surface, and work has turned to installing approximately 5,000 linear feet of guardrail, as well as conducting fencing, seeding, striping and other final work.  Pilot car operations have ended, but motorists can still expect delays of 15 to 30 minutes as flaggers direct traffic around the remaining operations.  No bicyclists are allowed through the canyon until construction is complete. Construction is expected to last through September, and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes State Highway (SH) 7 or US 34 whenever possible to avoid delays.  Drivers are advised to use caution throughout the canyon.

The following delays should be expected on U.S. 36 between Lyons and Estes Park (weather permitting):

  • Friday, September 26: Expect pilot car operations and delays of 15-30 minutes in two locations from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. while crews install guardrail and fencing, and conduct striping, seeding and other final work.
  • Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28: No work.
  • Monday, September 29 through Friday, October 3: Expect pilot car operations and delays of 15-30 minutes in two locations from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. while crews install guardrail and fencing, and conduct striping, seeding and other final work.
  • Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5: No work.

Alternate Routes Strongly Advised

The delays and closures on US 36 will greatly impact traffic, and CDOT strongly recommends the use of US 34 between Loveland and Estes Park, and SH 7 between Estes Park and Lyons as alternate routes for those who can use them.

Throughout the duration of construction, cyclists will not be permitted on US 36 within the work zones, and several trail access points will be closed for safety reasons. Other flood-impacted highways will remain open for cyclists, who ride at their own risk and are urged to ride using extra caution.

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How will information be communicated?

CDOT will coordinate closely with local representatives to share construction updates. In addition to public meetings to discuss upcoming work, CDOT will maintain a project hotline and website that will include weekly schedules so that the public can plan accordingly.

Project Hotline: 970-591-0001

Project Email: US36FloodRepairs@PublicInfoTeam.com

Media Contacts

Jared Fiel
CDOT Communications Office
jared.fiel@state.co.us