Temporary night closures on Trail Ridge Road begin Aug. 2
July 31, 2010
Due to a major resurfacing project is taking place on a 19-mile section of Trail Ridge Road from the Colorado River Trailhead to Rainbow Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park, temporary night road closures will be in effect Aug. 2-5 to install culverts.
The project involves resurfacing of all major overlook parking areas and pull offs. The $17.2 million project is funded by the Federal Lands Highway Program.
Closure points will be on the west side of the park at the Colorado River Trailhead and at Alpine Visitor Center. Fall River Road will remain open.
Closure times will be from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
The closures are necessary to install culverts in several locations where partial closures would be infeasible due to steep terrain and culvert length, according to Park officials in statments released on July 29.
Night work will also take place from Aug. 9-19 along the section of road from Lake Irene to the Alpine Visitor Center.
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One-hour delays can be expected from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Park visitors can continue to expect 20 to 30 minute delays through the construction area during the day on Trail Ridge Road.
“There may be multiple areas of construction occurring concurrently, and in that case the combined delay time will not exceed 60 minutes,” said Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson.
Work will not take place on weekends or holidays. Cyclists and motorcyclists should expect extremely rough road conditions throughout the summer.
For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, contact the park information office at 970-586-1206 or check the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/romo.