Road work causes delays in Rocky Mountain National Park
July 16, 2009
Construction is under way on a section of Trail Ridge Road near the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Park visitors eastbound and westbound can expect 20 to 30 minute delays from construction stops.
Road resurfacing started Tuesday at the boundary near the Grand Lake Entrance and will continue north through the switchbacks by Farview Curve.
According to the Park, no improvements have taken place on this stretch of highway for 20 years.
The project encompasses about 13 miles and is planned to continue through mid-September. Work crews are resurfacing 10 miles of the road and making repairs to rock walls.
The Park is advising cyclists and motorcyclists to be prepared for rough road conditions.
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There may be multiple areas of construction and combined delays could reach one hour, Park officials caution.
Resurfacing, Park officials note, can only be done during the day due to temperature requirements.
The Federal Highway Administration awarded a $6.8 million contract to Coulsen Excavating Company Inc., and is administering this project on behalf of the National Park Service.