Expect Lane Closures, Delays on CO 7 in Estes Park for up to 3 Weeks Starting Nov. 7

Nov. 7, 2018 -

ESTES PARK—Starting Monday, Nov. 12, travelers on Colorado Highway 7 can expect a lane closure with up to 20-minute holds as crews scale and loosen rock to minimize rockfalls on the highway. Holds could increase should emergency circumstances arise.

During rock scaling—which will take about two to three weeks—crews harnessed and suspended by ropes will dislodge any potentially unstable material from side slopes for two miles north of Lily Lake.

This resurfacing project began in early May and will take a winter break the first part of December. To date, pipe culverts and side drains have been installed throughout the 12-mile construction zone. Crews also have been excavating to widen the road to add space for bike lanes and improve safety.

In-town work started after Labor Day and has included curb, gutter and sidewalk enhancements to better accommodate persons with disabilities. For the next month, crews will continue to finalize items, such as patching potholes in preparation for winter.

Efforts to restore the integrity of CO 7 after heavy truck traffic damaged the road in association with the 2013 flood will resume in spring 2019. Final project completion is slated for September 2019.


Upcoming work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.