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US Hwy 36 Update

Photo courtesy CDOT.

Photo courtesy CDOT.


Update On Hwy 36 Access

There is restricted access to the US 36 repair site, and ONLY those individuals who live, own property, or own businesses within the closure zone are allowed through. The general public or commuters who wish to travel through the work zone are not permitted to enter at any time. Local access times are reserved for property owners only. Please help us keep moving forward and putting Colorado together by sharing this info!

As of Sunday, October 20, day time access from the Lyons/south end of the project will only occur at 12 p.m. noon each day via official pilot car. Day time access from the Estes Park/north side of the project will occur every two hours beginning at 9 a.m., also via official pilot car. Essential vehicles and local residents may also access the construction zone during non-construction hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day.

Damage Description

CDOT is coordinating with the Army and Air National Guard to repair US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park. During the flooding, numerous areas of the highway were completely washed out in addition to multiple drainage culverts. The embankment from the areas surrounding the highway was completely destroyed in several locations, and will need to be rebuilt and stabilized before the highway can reopen for public use.

 Repairs Underway

Construction is underway between mile post (MP) 4 near Estes Park and MP 19 near Lyons. Altogether, crews will be working at 18 different sites throughout the length of the construction zone, but not in sequential order of location. Crews work from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, and are finishing the removal of debris from the construction zone, including trees, rocks, personal vehicles, and other materials. In additional to debris removal, crews are and will be rebuilding the roadway in several areas, stabilizing the surrounding hillside, installing new culverts, and paving a new temporary road.

 Access for Residents

Since crews are working to repair US 36 during daylight hours, it is essential for safety reasons and construction progress that travel through the work zone is restricted during work hours. Residents that live within the work zone can only enter and exit the work zone prior to work commencing each morning, typically 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and following work completion each evening, typically 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. US 36 is not open to through or commuter traffic of any kind and residents much show proof of residency.

For the safety of both crews and members of the public, only authorized personnel are allowed through the work zone. As the roadway is still rough and active construction is taking place, only high clearance 4×4 vehicles are allowed through the construction zone and motorists drive through the zone at their own risk.

Work began on September 24 and is expected to last until December 1 for the temporary roadway.

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