The Colorado Department of Transportation continues to keep several highways closed as a result of the storms that began last night. Many of the closed highways have sustained significant damage as a result of flooding, mudslides, rockfall, and other debris.
To this point, many highways and bridges remain closed as a precaution until crews are able to evaluate whether or not they are safe for use. Members of the public and media are highly discouraged from trying to enter closure zones and/or from driving over flooding bridges.
CDOT crews will be working around the clock until the storm subsides, damage to highways and bridges has been assessed, and repairs have been made. In all, approximately 120 employees remain solely dedicated to the flooding situation across Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties. Assistance from the National Guard will be forthcoming beginning tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
Current closures include the following highways locations (subject to change as the day progresses):
· Off- and on-ramps are closed to and from SH 119
State Highway 7
· SH 7 between SH 72 and Lyons (MP 5 to MP 33)
· Eastbound SH 7 between 55th and Cherryvale in Boulder
State Highway 14
· SH 14 between Walden and Ted’s Place remains closed. Crews are hoping to get back into the area when day breaks tomorrow, Sept. 13.
State Highway 52
· SH 52 closed MP 4.67 (US 287) east to County Road 1 (MP 7.19)
State Highway 66
· State Highway 66 between 53rd and Lyons (Hygiene Exit – MP 32.6 to MP 20.5)
State Highway 119
· SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland (MP 25 to MP 41)
· SH 119 from County Road 5 1/2 to County Road 7 (east of Saint Vrain River) at MP 62 both directions near Del Camino Trailer Park
State Highway 402
· SH 402 closed between US 287 and I-25
· US 34 between Estes Park to Glade Road (MP 64.8 to MP 86.86)
· US 36 between Boulder and Estes Park (MP 1 to MP 32)
· Eastbound US 36 between Table Mesa/Foothills and 96th
· Westbound US 36 between Interlocken Loop and Boulder
· US 287 in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street in Loveland
There are no estimated times for reopening for any of the above closures. For the most current highway closure information, motorists are encouraged to visit www.cotrip.org, which is updated 24/7. Due to heavy volumes, the website may take a few moments to load.