• A translucent blanket of clouds hangs over the snowy continental divide above Bear Lake Road. NPS Photo by VIP Olsen

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Bear Lake Road Chip Seal Work

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Date: July 22, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

On Monday, July 27, weather permitting, a chip seal project will begin on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. The project will be between the Bear Lake Road Junction with Highway 36 (Trail Ridge Road) and the Park & Ride, which is roughly 5 miles. The project should last through Friday, August 7. All facilities and trailheads along Bear Lake Road will be open during the project.  Work will not take place during the weekends. 

During the chip seal project, traffic will be reduced to one lane, and ten to fifteen minute delays should be expected. However, on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30, there will be 30 minute delays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from Hollowell Park to Park & Ride. Cyclists and motorcyclists should be prepared for rough road conditions.

Park shuttle buses will continue operating during the chip seal project, but scheduled stop times may be delayed because of the road work.  The Hiker Shuttle continues to be a good option for park visitors who want to leave their car behind at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center or the Estes Park Visitors Center and take a bus through the road work. 

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