Highway 36, Americom cell towers
Trench for cable
The laying of lines/fiber and towers for the new cell network by Americom Technology, Inc. along Highway 36, was supposed to be completed by September. But a drive down Highway 36, from Lyons to Estes Park, shows that there is still significant work to be done. I spoke with a construction supervisor who said that he heard it might not be down till November. Therefore, I contacted Americom’s communications department and asked for up-to-date news on the completion of the construction. They referred me to the construction contractor.
The Crown Castle construction spokesperson said that they were “still planning to be done with construction at the end of October.” Their official statement is as follows: “Yes, we’ve started construction again. This summer we’re continuing to build out our small cell network along Highway 36 which includes 31 nodes. We’ll be placing fiber, and building infrastructure along the permitted route. We aim to complete construction in October.”
I said to the spokesperson that they have been working Monday through Friday all summer, but lately residents have seen them working on some Sundays. She checked with “the team,” and responded: “Construction is typically done Sunday to Friday, but if there is inclement weather, we may work on Saturday night.” Currently hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. And, sometimes the warning signs are up, but there is no work being done, and cars drive through unobstructed.
Road signs added: speed, curves, dead end
After years of complaining about the dangerous curve in the road where Highway 36 is near the demolished Rock N River Inn, the government has finally put in multiple signs to BOTH slow traffic down to 30 mph, and indicate there is a curve in the road. There are 22 new “directional arrow” signs installed on the curves in this area! You may recall multiple cars running off the road and into the St. Vrain River at this curve.
Also, the dangerous area near Stone Mountain Lodge, where the road was moved away from the St. Vrain River, due to the Great Flood of 2013, but laid out in a sharp turn, instead of a calibrated smooth curve, received several “directional arrow” signs, and a new lower speed limit. You may recall the tanker roll over that spilled gasoline into the St. Vrain River.
Mountain neighborhoods saw “Dead End” signs installed on their residential streets. Some say it is to prevent people from going down their streets to find shortcuts to mountain trails, and others say it is for fire department personnel use. We have not be able to confirm the purpose as of the publication date.
Apple Valley Bridge, day time closure
Apple Valley Road Work and Closure
North end of Road, begins Sept 12
Boulder County Public Works’ contractor will be re-staining/refinishing the arch bridge on Apple Valley Road over North Saint Vrain Creek at the upper north end of the road where it terminates at US-36 in Lyons, CO.
LOCATION: Local Traffic Only on Apple Valley Rd between the north and south accesses of US-36. Hard Closure on Apple Valley Rd at North Saint Vrain Creek (Arch Bridge)
DATES: Weekdays, September 12 through September 23, 2022
HOURS: Apple Valley Road bridge: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Bridge over Highway 7, St. Vrain River, repairs
Work began by CDOT in late August with repairs to the bridge on Colorado Highway 7 over North Saint Vrain Creek/River in the Lyons. These bridge repairs are part of an existing project to rehabilitate two bridges in Boulder County.
During the initial phase of work, crews will replace the sidewalks and make bridge deck repairs. This is expected to last through September. Work will begin on the northbound (east side) of the bridge and switch to the southbound (west side) once the east side is complete. Two-way bridge traffic will be down to one lane, managed by temporary traffic signals. (You may be waiting up to three minutes for the light to change.)
The second phase of work consists of scour removal and riprap protection with no traffic impacts to CO 7. This part of the project will begin in late September/early October. Cleaning up the rusty appearance of the bridge is not part of the renovation.
TOWN OF LYONS ”FLOOD PROJECTS” REPORT — SEE SEPARATE ARTICLE
including 4th Ave Bridge/pedestrian sidewalk // Black Bear Hole // St. Vrain Corridor Trailhead at 2nd Avenue (The Railroad Avenue project, near the Fire Station, is run by the City of Longmont)