From Monday, March 9 to Monday, April 7, US Highway 36 will be closed at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) construction zone located at mile marker 8, near the Lion Gulch trailhead about eight miles from Estes Park. Residents who live within five miles of the project can obtain a permit that will allow them through the construction zone between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Permit information is posted on the Pinewood Springs Facebook page.
Emergency vehicles and school buses will be allowed through unless blasting is going on. Bicyclists will not be allowed through. Travelers who do not live nearby should use alternate routes such as Highway 34 (via Loveland) or Highway 7 (via Allenspark). The Lion Gulch trail head will be open from the Lyons side of the highway construction unless blasting is going on. For more information, see CDOT’s Travel Impacts page.
This is the final flood recovery project on US Highway 36 related to the September 2013 flood that affected much of Colorado. The project involves the installation of two major drainage structures under the highway that will help reroute the Little Thompson River back to its natural alignment, as well as work to minimize erosion damage that might be caused by future flooding.
Repairs began February 17 with one-lane closures. Community agency representatives opted for a full closure for one month instead of one-way travel, with unpredictable wait times, that would have had to be in place for approximately four months.