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In-town paving starts on CO 7 after Memorial Day in Estes Park

May 21, 2019 - Northeastern Colorado - Weather issues forced change of schedule

ESTES PARK – Starting on Tuesday, May 28, crews from Flatiron Constructors and the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin in-town milling and paving on Colorado Highway 7. About two miles from the intersection of Colorado Highways 34 and 36 to Carriage Drive will be repaved.

CDOT has been working closely with the Town of Estes Park to complete the repaving this spring. Initially, the two-year project excluded in-town work during Memorial Day and Labor Day to accommodate for the busier tourist season. However, a surge of spring storms has delayed progress and altered the timeline. An agreement to extend past Memorial Day was reached with the town based on the road’s current condition and heavier traffic in the fall versus the spring which will make it safer for the travelling public as part of the CDOT’s Whole System – Whole Safety initiative.

In-town paving is expected to last through the month of June. The width of CO 7 allows for lane shifts rather than full closures, so two lanes will remain open. A pilot car will lead motorists through the paving construction zone for safety. Wait times for the entire CO 7 project will remain at 15 minutes.

CO 7 will see a total of 12 miles resurfaced by the end of the project in October. This also includes widening the road to create at least four additional feet 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.

Efforts to restore the integrity of the road began in May of 2018 after increased truck traffic created damage as a result of the 2013 flood.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • Work on this project began last spring and will go through October.

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

TRAVEL IMPACTS

  • Single lane closures with up to 15-minute delays

  • Pilot car through paving work zones

  • Isolated full closures with up to 30-minute delays for rock fall mitigation

  • Shoulder closures

  • Sidewalk detours

PROJECT DETAILS

  • Cost: $13,000,000

  • Permanent flood repairs

  • Mill and overlay

  • Road widening to accommodate bike lanes

  • Culvert repairs and replacement  

  • Curb ramps and sidewalk tie-ins

STAY INFORMED: The public is encouraged to sign up for notifications to stay informed. Subscribe to updates by contacting the project hotline phone number at 970-903-9785 or email [email protected]. Additional information on CO 7 can be obtained by visiting the project website: www.codot.gov/projects/co-7-road-bike-lane-ada-improvements-in-estes-park

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