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US 36 Lyons to Estes

Full Closure of US 36 to Begin July 29th

Phase 2 of the US 36 permanent reconstruction project will involve closing the road to thru traffic July 29 – Aug. 9. The road will open for the weekend to all traffic Aug. 2-3.

Only local residents and businesses will be allowed past the checkpoints during the closure. Those residents are on Apple Valley Road, CR 71, Pinewood Springs, CR 80 (Longmont Dam Rd), Big Elk Meadows (CR 47), or residents along US 36 from milemarker 4 to 20. Resident passes will be available beginning Sunday, July 20th. Click here for details.

The biggest part of this phase will require a closure of the road between milemarkers 18 and 19, which is near the bottom, close to Lyons. That closure will begin July 29 at 6 a.m. The road will re-open for weekend traffic Aug. 2-3 and then close again for Aug. 4-8. The road will open on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 a.m.

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

The delays and closures on US 36 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.

The following delays should be expected from July 28 to August 3 on U.S. 36 between Lyons and Estes Park (weather permitting):

  • Monday, July 28: from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: delays of up to 30 minutes.
  • Tuesday, July 29, 6 a.m. through Friday, August 1, 11:59 p.m.: 24-hour closure of US 36. Access for local residents with passes.
  • Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3: 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