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US 36 Lyons to Estes

Public Meeting and Telephone Town Hall Completed

A public meeting and telephone town hall were held in early January. For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the telephone town hall is available here.

Description of Work

CDOT and the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) are combining 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.

US 36 has been identified as the first mountain corridor to begin and complete remaining emergency and permanent repairs following the flooding. As a critical route into Estes Park for residents, commuters, and tourists, this corridor’s repairs have been expedited for several reasons, including:

  1. The alignment along US 36 provides the opportunity to consider options that keep the roadway away from the river more frequently than other mountain highways.
  2. A partnership with CFLHD will help add expertise and resources to work on this corridor.
  3. US 36 will serve as a primary detour route during permanent repairs to State Highway (SH) 7 and US 34 in the coming months. By moving forward on the US 36 emergency repairs, CDOT can stagger the work being performed on the mountain corridors impacted by the flooding, thereby lessening impacts to the communities and always maintaining access to the town of Estes Park.
  4. Traffic counts prior to the tourist season (beginning in May) are much lower and performing work during the winter months will help reduce the impact of repairs.

The work slated for US 36 will be performed in two phases. The first phase, which is now underway, is considered emergency work crucial to guaranteeing that the roadway lasts through spring runoff. It will include work to stabilize embankments above and below the highway, as well as near the river, in addition to shifting the alignment of US 36 away from the river onto more solid ground (from soil to bedrock).

The second phase of work will build the remaining necessary pieces of the roadway to repair US 36 on a long-term basis, which will result in a more resilient and safer highway.

Project Location

The project will span over the length of 12 miles in all, from between mile marker (MM) 10 near Estes Park, and MM 19 near Lyons. Only three total miles will be under construction and work will not take place continually throughout the entire length of the project. Crews have divided the work zones into two different sides, east and west of Pinewood Springs, and will work simultaneously on both sides of the project, but full closures will only take place on one side or the other to minimize impacts to through traffic. During construction, the length of highway closures will be kept to no more than two miles at a time. Click here for a map of the construction zones.

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.

Impacts for the Week of April 20th:

This coming week, crews will also be performing excavation and embankment work, which will cause major delays for motorists traveling through the area. The following delays should be expected this week on US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park (weather permitting):

  • Saturday, April 19: Stops of 30 minutes
  • Sunday, April 20: Stops of 30 minutes
  • Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Stops of 15 minutes
  • Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops of one hour
  • Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night: Stops of 30 minutes
  • Saturday, April 26: Stops of 30 minutes

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.

Schedule

Work on the emergency repairs began in January 2014 and the first phase of work is scheduled for completion in mid-May 2014. Phase two will begin as phase one completes in mid-May, and is expected to last until winter 2014.

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Project Hotline

If you have questions or concerns, please send us an email at US36FloodRepairs@PublicInfoTeam.com or leave a message on the project hotline at 970-591-0001.

Media Contacts

Ashley Mohr
CDOT Communications Office
ashley.mohr@state.co.us