EDITOR’S NOTES: I have put this information in my weekly “NEWS BRIEF” (& NOTES FROM EDITOR) COLUMN, but I still see questions about ”what is happening on Highway 36,” so I am now making this a separate article. — Remember — Local news, people and business news, hot Facebook news, and more can be found in the weekly “NEWS BRIEF” column. ==July 8== July 14==…..editor Kathleen Spring
HWY 36 thru PINEWOOD – mainly has to do with installation of FIBER OPTIC CABLE.
On Monday evening, July 12, at 7 p.m. the ”one-lane closure of Highway 36,” just outside of Lyons, began, travelling north. There were six workers/flaggers along the approximately four mile stretch holding up “SLOW” signs for traffic, with tall, very bright light towers next to them. (see photo below) There was a small construction zone at the south end, near Lyons. There was nothing for the rest of the blocked off zone, which involved a few blind curves in the road. The zone ended about a mile north of the building that houses the construction equipment first used after the Great Flood of 2013. == Then on Wednesday at the same time, all equipment and workers were gone, and only about 20 orange cones were on the side of the road, near Lyons. So, it looks like it may be sporadic!
== UPDATE 7/27/21 – The closings seem to continue to be sporadic – On Sunday, 7/25, at 9:30 p.m. the traffic was held up for an hour (not adhering to the ‘not-on-weekends’ statement). On Monday at 5:30 p.m. the traffic was down to one-lane (not adhering to the 7am – 7pm time line) /// Also neighbors are complained that they are not allowed on the road, or to cross the road — whether walking, on their bike, or walking their dog. == We have asked the CDOT communications person to update us on what is happening, and may be issuing a new ”article” for August.
FREQUENT QUESTION: “Why is CDOT allowing them to trench this fiber optic line in the height of summer”. CDOT has a contractual obligation to Crown Castle Fiber (the contractor) to allow installation in order to finish in time before the State Highway 7 project which will begin this fall.
Official statement of public-private partnership between the State of CO and contractors: Crown Castle Fiber will trench along Hwy 36/66 between Lyons and Estes Park (Milepost 1.47 to 21.76) The expected end date for the work is early September. LANE CLOSURES will be in place with traffic control. In an effort to limit the delays for motorists, closing of lanes will be restricted to 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and only certain times during the day:
Ultimately this project will help provide cellular service in the US 36 corridor.
From Road/Association contact for Pinewood Springs – Gabi:
I know a bit more about the Fiber Optic Construction Project:
Construction is to start in Lyons on Friday 7/9/21 (maybe Saturday night) night, July 9th or 10th. The crew plans to work at night from 7pm to 7am. In the beginning expect a single lane closure for a distance of 3 miles each night. This will be monitored by flaggers. Two new state of the art rock saw trucks will be cutting the cable trench. They are loud at 105 decibels. The crew plans to illuminate the area with bright spotlights. It will take them approximately 2 nights to get through Pinewood. As they get closer to Estes, there might be 2 sections of single lane closures. Americom hopes to have the entire trench from Lyons to Estes cut in within 30 days, weather permitting. The next 30 day period (August) with be finishing the cable installation and filling the trench. There will be temporary concrete plants set up for the crew to make their own concrete, one at MM 11. This is where the construction trailers were located for the last construction project at the Lyons Gulch trailhead. The whole 5G project is expected to be finished by September 1. Fiber Optic cable is being installed by Americom and their subcontractors for Crown Castle in conjunction with CDOT to address the safety issues of no cell service through the HWY 36
Pinewood area cable company X-Bar = Oskar Atkinson, owner = statement:
The construction that is going on is just putting fiber in the ground between Lyons and Estes Park.
It is primarily for Cellphone coverage along the 36. Even when the the fiber is in the ground, aka “Construction Complete” it still will take
xBar7 (who is involved in this project) quite a while as well, and we will bring Gigabit speeds to Pinewood.
What does this mean in terms of internet?
We expect connectivity from our Denver datacenter to Pinewood by end of the year and construction within Pinewood next year
An email with more details will go out to all our customers in the next days.
Larimer County is very supportive with getting us the necessary permits quickly, etc.
But there is no funds available to help getting it done.
We have signed contracts with Crown Castle about 8 months ago. With other companies to get the proper connectivity to that fiber string so we can provide service.
AN EMPLOYEE OF AN INSPECTION COMPANY passed on this ”inside info” — sometimes the road blocks can be 24 hours — The company I work for will be doing some of the inspection work and needed to be prepared to have people available up to 24/7. Weekend days are likely not going to be done in the canyon due to tourist traffic.
==================END of Hwy 36 Information / see more Road Construction News below
Other Front Range/Park construction
==ROCKY MT NATL PARK: Thursday, July 8, and potentially Friday, July 9, the Fern Lake Road will be closed beyond the winter turnaround to all uses. The park’s road crew will be replacing a culvert that was damaged during the East Troublesome Fire and received further damage during recent heavy rains.
For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park please visit www.nps.gov/romo
==Old Fall River Road opened to vehicles on Saturday, July 3.
==Reservations needed to enter the Park during normal daytime hours.
==CO 119 Boulder Roadway Improvements– from Flood damage —Boulder Canyon — see article — long road closures and delays
==Hwy 36 / Baseline Road in BOULDER = May to September
=Colorado Highway 7 Lower (Lyons to Raymond):
Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2021. The project team will host a Virtual Open House on TUESDAY, AUG. 3 AT 6 P.M. to provide information on the project’s schedule and scope.
Daily lane closures are scheduled to begin this August.
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. This schedule will remain in place through Memorial Day 2022. See our ARTICLE for full details and a MAP.
To plan your trips around Colorado — Go here for Colorado Construction Maintenance ”look up’‘ page.
Highway 36 “dangerous curve” near Stone Mtn. — The study has been completed, and they will be changing the speeds around that area, and several other things. The Lyons Recorder will do a FULL ARTICLE when the ”ordered speed signs” and other decisions on ”line painting” has been done. See “NOTES FROM YOUR EDITOR” for more information, for now. 7/27/21