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US 36 Construction Schedule, March 15-22

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) strongly urge motorists to travel on State Highway (SH) 7 between Lyons and Estes Park, as delays are lengthening significantly due to the heavy volume of traffic on the corridor. As part of the US 36 Emergency Flood Reconstruction project, blasting will continue next week and the first of ten two-hour delay is scheduled Monday, March 17 at mile marker 11.2 (west of Pinewood Springs near Estes Park) and the fourth of 20 different three-hour blasting operations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 at mile marker 16.1 (east of Pinewood Springs near Lyons).

A temporary traffic signal has been installed on the east side of the work zone and timing will be continually adjusted to accommodate traffic flows through the area. This signal will be in place 24/7 and motorists should expect to be stopped any day of the week, including Sundays, at the signal.

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, March 15: Stops of 30 minutes

· Sunday, March 16: Stops of 30 minutes

· Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Stops of 15 minutes

· Monday, March 17: Two hour delay scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at MM 11.2(west of Pinewood Springs near Estes Park)

· Thursday, March 20: Three hour delay scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at mile marker 16.1 (east of Pinewood Springs near Lyons).

· Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops of one hour (except for Monday, March 17 and Thursday, March 20)

· Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night: Stops of 30 minutes

· Saturday, March 22: Stops of 30 minutes

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 feet to 50 feet. Altogether, an expected 210,000 cubic yards of material is expected to be removed (the equivalent of 210,000 dishwashers). The materials will be recycled and used to not only stabilize the embankment below the highway, but will also be used to stabilize the river channel. Leftover materials will be donated to other area reconstruction projects underway 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 will be available for donation to private citizens.

Throughout the duration of construction, cyclists are not 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.

American Civil Constructors, Inc. is the contractor for this project.

For additional questions or comments about the US 36 repairs project, please contact US36FloodRepairs@PublicInfoTeam.com or call the project hotline at 970-591-0001. Further information about the project is also available on the project website at www.coloradodot.info/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-36-lyons-to-estes. Motorists are encouraged to sign up for email updates about the project by clicking on the green cell phone icon on the right hand side of the project website.

To receive updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html. Live road conditions are available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

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