Flood-impacted Highways Reopened to Cyclists

December 9, 2013 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Cyclists and motorists reminded temporary highways are narrow, shoulders minimal in some areas.

BOULDER, JEFFERSON, LARIMER, AND WELD COUNTIES — As of today, Monday, December 9, 2013, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has reopened all flood-repaired highways to cyclists, including US 34, US 36, State Highway (SH) 7, SH 72, and SH 119. The highways have been closed to cyclists for safety reasons following flood repairs as CDOT assessed the safety of the temporary roadways.

“After carefully observing how the roadways held up after this first major winter storm, we have decided to reopen the flooded highways to cyclists,” said CDOT Director of Communications Amy Ford. “However, we want to remind cyclists and motorists alike that the highways that connect the Front Range with the mountains are in temporary condition. This means that all highway users should be cautious of narrow and soft shoulders, sections of highway without guardrail, heavy equipment maneuvering in narrow areas, and areas that are prone to rockfall as the ground continues to settle. All cyclists who ride do so at their own risk.”

The following highway segments have reopened to cyclists:
- US 34 between the Dam Store (west of Loveland) and Estes Park
- US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park
- SH 7 between Lyons and Raymond
- SH 72 in Coal Creek Canyon
- SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland

CDOT will continue to update the bicycling community on the status of the highways if any changes occur that will require the re-closure of the highways due to safety reasons, permanent repairs, changing traffic patterns, and unforeseen weather events. With long-term road repairs beginning in the coming months, changes could occur to the roadways that will impact both cyclists and motorists.

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