Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting
Permanent repairs on the Colorado Highway 7 Lower Canyon project will begin this fall, with a full closure of CO 7 between Mile Points 23 and 29.5.The closure will begin no earlier than September 7, and the project will release the exact start date at least two weeks prior to the closure. There will be “scheduled openings” for all traffic from 6-8 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. daily through Memorial Day 2022. During these timeframes, pilot cars will lead alternating one-way travel. Drivers should plan for delays. Emergency responder access will be maintained at all times.
This schedule was selected by community agency representatives because the closure coincides with the months of lowest traffic volumes on CO 7. While impactful, the alternative to this full closure would have involved alternating one-way travel on CO 7 with long, unpredictable traffic queues for several years. While CO 7 is closed, drivers will need to use US 36 or US 34 to travel to and from Estes Park and Lyons.
After Memorial Day 2022, traffic impacts will be minimal with single-lane closures and intermittent delays through Fall 2022.
The project team will host a virtual public meeting to provide a project update including an explanation of the scope, schedule and closure.
Registration for the meeting is required at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This link can also be found on the project website.
Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m.
Meeting Call-In Option
Phone: (346) 248-7799 | Meeting ID: 853 7865 5696
If you are unable to join via computer, you can still call in to the meeting.
The goals of this project are to maintain access during future flood events, build a safe system accommodating multi-modal transportation options and work in harmony with ecological river functions in the corridor.
The permanent repair project will:
Resurface and repair approximately 14 miles of roadway
Rehabilitate several miles of the St. Vrain Creek disturbed during the emergency repairs
Improve multi-modal mobility options along the corridor
Build in resiliency to improve future emergency access during floods
This is the state’s final 2013 Flood recovery permanent repair project.
The canyon sustained significant damage during the 2013 disaster, with nine miles of roadway severely damaged or lost entirely, and debris flows that prevented access for nearly 2 1/2 months. An emergency repair project reestablished traffic and operations quickly but did not complete repairs to final grades or restore the highway to appropriate transportation safety standards. This is a $55 million to $60 million 2013 Emergency Relief (ER) project that is fully supported by federal emergency relief funds.
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