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Project to raise highway in Lyons to avoid flooding problems enters new phase

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LYONS, Colo. -- The Colorado Department Of Transportation is now moving into Phase II of the project to raise the road just north of Lyons, in the canyon where the St. Vrain River flows.

“We are going to push the river south, raise the highway about ten feet to make flooding much harder along this section of road,” said CDOT, Amy Ford. “Work will continue into the fall, but not on weekends.”

The construction will require road closures north of Lyons from 6 a.m. July 29 through Aug. 1 and from Aug. 4 through Aug. 8.  During the closures, only local resident and deliveries to businesses on the highway between mile markers 6 and 20 will be allowed to use the detour on Apple Valley Road.

Residents of Big Elk Meadows, Pinewood Springs, Longmont Dam Road, and Apple Valley will get credentials or access tags.

Other traffic will be required to use Colo. 7 or U.S. 34. Outside of the planned week-long shut downs, delays of up to  30 minutes will occur during daytime hours… again, no work will be done during the day on weekends.