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CDOT Urges Motorists To Stay Away From U.S. 36 As Reconstruction Continues

Colorado Department of Transportation
CDOT crews work to repair U.S. 36 at mile marker 7.7 on January 15th, 2014

As reconstruction along U.S. Hwy 36 between Lyons and Estes Park ramps up, the Colorado Department of Transportation is asking motorists to find alternate routes, or face lengthy delays.

CDOT recommends motorists take SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park while the next phase of the U.S Hwy 36 reconstruction begins.  Starting this week, crews will excavate into the mountainside and complete embankment work, causing major delays of up to one hour between Lyons and Estes Park.

  • Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Motorists could be stopped for up to 10 minutes.
  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops could approach one hour.
  • Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night: Stops expected to reach 30 minutes.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops expected to reach 30 minutes.
  • Sunday: No work scheduled at this time.

In a statement released Friday, CDOT says it plans to loosen sections of the mountainside in order to move U.S. 36 anywhere from five to 50 feet away from the Little Thompson river.

The agency says 210,000 cubic yards of material will be removed in the reconstruction project with most of it being recycled to stabilize the roadway and nearby river channel. The remaining material will be donated to recovery efforts including the Longmont Dam Road project.

Up-to-date road conditions can be found at coloradodot.info and by calling 511.