Colorado flood recovery: Repairs begin on Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park

Town hall telephone call being held tonight

Repairs begin this month on US Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park after the devastating September floods.

Despite repairs made by the National Guard to temporarily reopen US Highway 36, the roadway is still at risk of losing existing embankment and roadway, according to the Colorado Department of transportation.

The repair plans include shifting the roadway away from the river channel between five and 50 feet by removing portion of existing mountainside.

A portion of rock generated from blasting portions of the mountain will be used to stabilize the slopes near the river to reduce effects of future runoff and flooding, CDOT said.

A town hall telephone call will be held Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. regarding the continued efforts to repair US 36. To participate in the town hall, call 877-229-8493 anytime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and enter the code 112034.

For those who are unable to call Thursday evening, an audio recording of the call will be available online the week of Monday, January 13th.