Prospect Ave./Moccasin Bypas Road Work
The Town of Estes Park and its contractor, Lafarge North America, will begin repairs to uneven surface conditions on recently reconstructed Moccasin Bypass and Prospect Avenue on Saturday, April 30. Pavement conditions on sections equaling about 1,000 square yards cause poor rideability, or bumpiness, and will be removed and replaced by Lafarge at no additional cost to the Town. Weather permitting, the repairs should be complete by approximately May 31. Periodic closures of sections of the roadway will be required and motorists should watch for changing detour signage throughout four phases of the project. Closures will be timed to avoid disruptions to the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC) MRI truck.
Phase one will take place April 30 through approximately May 4, weather permitting, and will include concrete repairs at the corner of Birch Ave. and Prospect Ave. During this period, the road closure will detour traffic to Aspen Ave., High St. and Columbine Ave. Entrances to EPMC will be unaffected.
Phase two will take place approximately May 7 through May 11 and will include concrete repairs at Fir Ave. and Moccasin Circle Dr. Local traffic will be detoured to Elm Ave. The EPMC parking lot entrance near the emergency room will be closed; all other EPMC entrances will remain open. The Moccasin bypass will be closed to through traffic at Riverside Dr., with a detour through downtown to Stanley Ave. Local traffic will be allowed to the point of the repairs.
Phase three will take place approximately May 16 through May 23 and will include concrete repairs on the road between Ouray Dr. and the EPMC emergency room entrance. The western-most entrance to EPMC will be closed during this phase; all other EPMC entrances will remain open.
The Moccasin bypass will be closed to through traffic at Riverside Dr., with a detour through downtown to Stanley Ave. Local traffic will be allowed to the point of the repairs.
Phase four will take place approximately May 26 through May 31 and will include concrete repairs to the roadway near the EPMC parking lot entrance near the emergency room to Fir Avenue. Traffic will be detoured to Elm Ave. The EPMC entrance near the emergency room will be closed for this phase; all others will remain open.
Andrew Scott of Lafarge commented, “We look forward to wrapping up these construction activities and want to thank the community for their patience through this process.” Repairs of the concrete were delayed until spring to avoid damaging freshly-poured concrete with the salt used in snow-removal operations. Concrete must cure before it is exposed to harsh chlorides such as salt.
Reconstruction of the Moccasin Bypass and Prospect Avenue began in early 2010. Major improvements included widening of the roadway, new curbing and a sidewalk on the south side, reconfigured side street intersections, improvements to drainage, and underground relocation of the power, telephone and cable lines. For more information on this project, please contact Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3588. To receive Town news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.