Clear Creek Canyon Closure Moves East Next Week

May 11, 2012 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - JEFFERSON COUNTY – The closure of U.S. 6 though Clear Creek Canyon shifts from west to east Sunday night.

Beginning at 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, U.S. 6 will be closed to all traffic between Golden (U.S. 6/SH 58 & 93) and State Highway 119.  It will remain closed until Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

Detour to Black Hawk/Central City: I-70 west to Exit 244, east on U.S. 6 three miles to SH 119, north on SH 119 OR I-70 to Central City Parkway (Exit 243).

PLEASE NOTE: Weekday closures continue through Friday, June 29 during the hours listed above.  The highway will be open to traffic each weekend, from 10 a.m. Fridays until 11 p.m. Sundays. For the Memorial Day Weekend, Highway 6 will be open from 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, until 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

In addition to the fiber installation, CDOT is conducting other operations in the canyon while the road is closed, such as rock mitigation and tunnel work.

The closure is required to allow fiber optics to be installed along U.S. 6, which will provide cell phone coverage and other services into an area where it is currently unavailable.

While U.S. 6 is closed, individual boaters and kayakers are not allowed to travel the highway between Golden and SH 119.  However, recreational users of Clear Creek can still drop into the water anywhere west of the SH 119 junction and exit the creek in Golden.  Bicyclists are never allowed to travel U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon.

Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at or by calling 511.  To receive project updates via e-mail, visit and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including US 6/SH 119 Clear Creek Canyon.