I saw this on the way up to the canyon this week also. Looks like it will shutdown blackrock, and lower runs. The release below says that are doing some paving work. They said that the canyon is closed to recreation for all users including rafters. Sounds like it will be open for that one weekend in between, but not during the week. At least is should be before prime runoff.
I remember somebody calling CDOT up to allow kayakers in the canyon last year or something. Perhaps we can try again...
Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1
April 19, 2007
PROJECT WILL REQUIRE CANYON CLOSURE
JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be closing U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon at the end of April for an asphalt paving project that includes rotomilling, installation of centerline and shoulder rumble strips and striping.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 30, U.S. 6 will be closed to all traffic
between State Highways (SH) 93/58 in Golden and SH 119. The highway will remain closed until 2 p.m. on Friday, May 4. U.S. 6 will remain open through the weekend and close again at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 7, reopening at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
The two suggested alternate routes during the closure include Interstate 70 to Exit 244 (bottom of Floyd Hill), and east on U.S. 6 about three miles to SH 119. Drivers going east from SH 119 will need to go west on U.S. 6 about 2 ½ miles to U.S. 40, east on U.S. 40 over Floyd Hill and access I-70 at the Beaver Brook interchange. The Central City Parkway via Exit 243 (Hidden Valley) also can be used to access the Central City/Black Hawk area.
“Closing the Clear Creek Canyon to traffic is the most effective way to complete the paving in a timely manner, before the summer tourist season begins,” says CDOT Resident Engineer Russel Cox. “Luckily, we have alternate routes that don’t involve a lot of extra travel time.”
The project includes paving three pull-outs. That phase is scheduled during the week of May 21. U.S 6 will be open to traffic but shoulder paving operations will require occasional, short traffic stops while flaggers alternate traffic through the work zone. The project is scheduled for completion by Thursday, May 24.
Asphalt Paving Company of Golden, CO is the contractor for the $1.8 million project.
Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the www.cotrip.org
website or by calling 511 statewide, (303) 639-1111 in the Denver area or (877) 315-ROAD elsewhere in Colorado.
Recreational traffic is restricted from using Clear Creek Canyon between the SH 58/93 junction and SH 119 during project hours to maintain public safety. This restriction includes bicyclists, hikers and rafters.
I saw this on the way up to the canyon also. Looks like it will shutdown blackrock, and lower runs. The release below says that are doing some paving work. They said that the canyon is closed to recreation for all users including rafters.