Travel Impacts

Beginning Monday, March 9, US 36 will be completely closed for 30 days near Mile Point 8 while the roadway is removed and large drainage culverts are installed beneath the highway. This closure timeframe was selected by community agency representatives to encompass spring break when school bus operations will not be affected and to minimize the impact on community events and tourism activities that pick up later in the spring. 

While impactful, the alternative to this one-month full closure would have involved alternating one-way travel on US 36 with long, unpredictable traffic queues for nearly four months.  

While US 36 is closed, drivers will need to use State Highway 7 or US 34 to travel to and from Estes Park. School bus services in the morning and afternoon will not be interrupted and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction area at all times except during rock blasting activities.

There will be specified times in the morning and evening when permitted vehicles will be allowed to travel through the closure area. Information on the vehicle permitting process will be shared with people living within a 5-mile radius of the project who are eligible to receive these vehicle permits. All other commuters will need to follow one of the two detours outlined on the map below.    

The Lion Gulch Trail will remain open to the public except during rock blasting.

Click here to read the press release announcing the start of this project.

US 36 Milepost 8 Project Detour Map

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