No Work Planned For US 36 During Memorial Day Weekend
BOULDER/LARIMER COUNTIES - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) are continuing weekday and night work on the U.S. 36 Emergency Flood Reconstruction project between Lyons and Estes Park. This coming week, crews will be performing rip rap, embankment, and culvert installation activities throughout the work zone. There will be no construction work during the Memorial Day weekend from noon on Friday, May 23, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. The following delays should be expected this week on US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park (weather permitting):
During blasting activities, crews will be loosening sections of the mountainside and then removing the loosened materials from the roadway. On average, the highway will be moved inland away from the river 20 feet, with the range varying between five and 50 feet. Altogether, an expected 250,000 cubic yards of material is expected to be removed (the equivalent of 250,000 dishwashers). The materials will be recycled and used to not only stabilize the embankment below the highway, but to stabilize the river channel. Leftover materials will be donated to other area reconstruction projects by towns and counties still recovering from the flood, including the County Road 80 (Longmont Dam Road) project underway by Boulder County and the city of Longmont. Unfortunately, no materials are available for donation to private citizens.
Throughout the duration of construction, cyclists are not permitted on U.S. 36 within the work zones, and several trail access points will be closed for safety. Other flood-impacted highways will remain open for cyclists, who ride at their own risk and are urged to ride using extra caution.