US Hwy 36 Construction Update – Feb 15-22
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, February 15: Stops of 30 minutes
• Sunday, February 16: No work scheduled at this time.
• Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Stops of 15 minutes
• Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops of one hour
• Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night: Stops of 30 minutes
• Saturday, February 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.