Next week's schedule for US 36 emergency flood reconstruction and final debris removal between Lyons and Estes Park

February 21, 2014 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Final debris removal, three-hour delay scheduled for Monday.

BOULDER, LARIMER COUNTIES — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) strongly urge motorists to travel on State Highway (SH) 7 between Lyons and Estes Park, as delays are lengthening significantly due to the heavy volume of traffic on the corridor. As part of the US 36 Emergency Flood Reconstruction project, blasting will continue next week, and the second of 20 different three-hour blasting operations has been scheduled for noon to 3 p.m., Monday, February 24, at mile marker 17.6 east of Pinewood Springs near Lyons. Timing of this blasting event was determined to ensure passage for afternoon school bus routes.

This coming week, crews will also be performing excavation and embankment work, which will cause major delays for motorists traveling through the area. The following delays should be expected this week on US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park (weather permitting):

  • Saturday, February 22: Stops of 30 minutes
  • Sunday, February 23: No work scheduled at this time.
  • Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Stops of 15 minutes
  • Monday, February 24: Stops of one hour from 9 a.m. to noon, then a three hour stop from noon to 3 p.m. for major blasting work at mile marker 17.6 near Lyons.
  • Tuesday, February 25 through Friday, February 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops of one hour
  • Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night: Stops of 30 minutes
  • Saturday, March 1: Stops of 30 minutes

In addition to blasting work on US 36 next week, CDOT and contractor Phillips and Jordan, Inc. have set the final date and drop off locations for debris removal along US 36 and State Highway 66 in the flood-impacted areas. The date for drop off is weather dependent, and crews will verify that all debris is flood-related. Due to winter weather conditions (snow, high winds, ice, etc.) as well as scheduled construction work on Monday, flood-related debris should only be brought to the drop-off location a day or two prior to the date of pickup identified below. Non-flood related dumping of any kind is not permitted on the flood-impacted highways in the right-of-way, and those who do so will be subject to punishment by law enforcement. Residents may bring only flood-related debris to the following location on the following date:

  • US 36 / SH 66:
    • o Final pass will be on Monday, February 24 (Please bring your debris prior to this date as construction and a three hour delay will still be taking place in this area).
    • o Flood-related vegetative debris may be brought to MP 16.3 through MP 21 on US 36 near Apple Valley Road west of Lyons.
    • o Flood-related construction and demolition waste may be brought to MP 18.7 at the pullout on the side of the road west of Lyons.

Vegetative debris is defined as branches, plants, trees, and grass that came loose during the flood. Construction and demolition debris is defined as wood framing from houses, furniture, carpet, clothes, concrete, etc. Regular household garbage will not be accepted and should be disposed of by residents. Once collected, debris is taken directly to local landfills for final disposal or to CDOT properties to be reduced and eventually used for construction or slope stabilization.

Throughout the duration of construction, cyclists are not permitted on US 36 within the work zones, and several trail access points will be closed for safety reasons. Other flood-impacted highways will remain open for cyclists, who ride at their own risk and are urged to ride using extra caution.

American Civil Constructors, Inc. is the contractor for this project.

For additional questions or comments about the US 36 repairs project, please contact [email protected] or call the project hotline at 970-591-0001. Further information about the project is also available on the project website at Motorists are encouraged to sign up for email updates about the project by clicking on the green cell phone icon on the right hand side of the project website.

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