Learn About Improvements to CO 7 in Estes Park at April 23 Open House

April 17, 2018 - Work to include resurfacing, bike lanes and accessibility improvements

CDOT will host an open house meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 23 in Estes Park to discuss the resurfacing and other improvements planned for Colorado Highway 7 beginning in early May.

The open house will take place at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. Residents and commuters will be able to talk individually to CDOT officials and representatives from the contractor on the job, Flatiron Constructors, Inc.

There are many different aspects of this $13 million project. About 12 miles of the road will be resurfaced. After the 2013 flood, CO 7 became a major route in and out of Estes Park due to closures on US 34 and US 36. Heavy trucks and increased traffic caused damage to the road. In addition to resurfacing, approximately 40 major culverts along this route will be repaired or replaced.

The work will also include widening the road to create at least four additional feet to make it more safe for bicyclists. The new bike lanes will start at Lily Lake and connect to the existing bike lanes at St. Malo's Chapel on the Rock.

Lastly, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a commitment from CDOT to improve accessibility for people with disabilities across the state, several curb ramps will be upgraded in the town of Estes Park on CO 7. Existing sidewalks will tie in to the new curb ramps at numerous locations.

Project Schedule

Work will begin the first part of May and continue to October 2019, with a break during the winter months.

Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In special cases, these hours may be extended.

In-town construction will not occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Travel Impacts

  • Single-lane closures with up to 15-minute delays
  • Isolated full closures with up to 30-minute delays for rockfall mitigation and possible rock blasting
  • Shoulder closures
  • Sidewalk detours