Bear Lake Road Phase 2 Reconstruction Planning Efforts

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Date: February 10, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), is proposing to reconstruct a 5-mile section of Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is Phase 2 of the project and would complete the reconstruction of the entire road.  Phase 1 reconstruction, which extended 4.3 miles from the Park & Ride parking lot to Bear Lake, was completed in 2004.  Phase 2 reconstruction would extend from the Bear Lake Road intersection at Trail Ridge Road (U.S. Highway 36) to the Park & Ride parking lot.   

An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for Phase 2 reconstruction that examines four alternatives and the consequences of each alternative on the natural and human environment.  We welcome your comments on this project and the EA.  If we receive important new information, or if significant new issues are raised during the public comment period, we will revise the EA.  Your comments must be received in writing by close of business on March 6, 2009. 

If you have internet access, the preferred method for reviewing the EA and submitting comments is to use the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website:

From the home page, use the drop down menu to select Rocky Mountain National Park.  A list of current planning projects will be displayed, and you can select “Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Phase 2.”  Review comments can be submitted on the PEPC website.  If you do not have internet access, you can request a printed copy of the EA by calling Larry Gamble at (970) 586-1320.  You can also submit your written comments to us in other ways:

  • By mail: Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado 80517
  • By fax: (970) 586-1397
  • By Express Delivery: Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 U.S. Highway 36, Estes Park, Colorado 80517
  • Hand deliver: Rocky Mountain National Park Headquarters, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, Colorado

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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