Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

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Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Mon May 21, 2018 1:29 pm

Mount Evans Highway to open for Memorial Day Weekend

Full opening scheduled for Friday, May 25

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation has successfully completed snow plowing operations on Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) and is finishing work to repave the parking lots up to the summit. As a result, Mount Evans Highway is scheduled to open on Friday, May 25, in time for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Mount Evans is a very popular destination for thousands of visitors each year. Expect heavy traffic, limited parking with full parking lots and lines on most weekends and especially during holiday weekends. The best time to visit is during the week and mornings.

The United States Forest Service oversees the Mount Evans Recreation Area, which more than 150,000 people visit each summer. Three developed sites are located along the corridor. Two are in the National Forest: Mount Goliath Natural Area and Nature Center and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site; while Summit Lake Park is owned by the City and County of Denver. Visitors wishing to stop at all three sites may purchase both the $10 Forest Service pass and the $5 City of Denver pass at the Mount Evans Welcome Station, or they may choose to purchase just one pass or the other, depending on their destination. Fees are per vehicle. There is no fee for driving through the area unless you plan to visit one of these sites. Bicyclists are exempt from the fee. In addition, federal interagency passes are honored at all three sites.

For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans; call the Clear Creek Ranger District’s information line at 303-567-4382; or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor’s Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of downtown Idaho Springs.

Information regarding the opening and closing of seasonal highways in Colorado is available at all times on the cotrip.org website, by calling 511, or via subscription e-mail or text. To subscribe, please visit 511.cotrip.org.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Fri May 25, 2018 5:31 pm

TRAVEL ALERT

Mount Evans is open for the season

May 25, 2018

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation and the United States Forest Service opened the gates to Mount Evans today just before 8 a.m., just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Mount Evans is a very popular destination for thousands of visitors each year. Expect heavy traffic, limited parking with full parking lots and lines on most weekends and especially during holiday weekends. The best time to visit is during the week and mornings.



The United States Forest Service oversees the Mount Evans Recreation Area, which more than 150,000 people visit each summer. Three developed sites are located along the corridor. Two are in the National Forest: Mount Goliath Natural Area and Nature Center and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site; while Summit Lake Park is owned by the City and County of Denver. Visitors wishing to stop at all three sites may purchase both the $10 Forest Service pass and the $5 City of Denver pass at the Mount Evans Welcome Station, or they may choose to purchase just one pass or the other, depending on their destination. Fees are per vehicle. There is no fee for driving through the area unless you plan to visit one of these sites. Bicyclists are exempt from the fee. In addition, federal interagency passes are honored at all three sites.


For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans; call the Clear Creek Ranger District’s information line at 303-567-4382; or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor’s Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of downtown Idaho Springs.


Motorists are also reminded that inclement weather can still be a possibility on mountain passes so please visit any of our sources listed below to view updates before you go. Should a late storm hit the area, snowplows operate will operate on the highway.



TRAVELER SAFETY MESSAGE: Motorists and cyclists are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times. Updated road conditions are available at www.COTRIP.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.codot.gov. Up to date information is also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:25 pm

TRAVEL ALERT

Mount Evans to close next week for paving operations



CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Mount Evans will close next week to motorists starting on June 18 through June 21 for paving operations on the top parking lot. Operations should be complete by the weekend.


All work is weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change.


TRAVELER SAFETY MESSAGE: Motorists and cyclists are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times. Updated road conditions are available at www.COTRIP.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.codot.gov. Up to date information is also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Thu May 23, 2019 4:41 pm

Spring snowstorms delay opening of Mount Evans Highway this Memorial Day weekend

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Due to additional snowfall at Mount Evans, some as recently as this week, Mount Evans Highway (State Highway 5) will not be open for the Memorial Day weekend. Maintenance crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will continue to conduct plowing operations on the roadway, with a goal of partially opening the highway to Summit Lake by Wednesday, May 29th. The crews will work to open the remainder of the highway following that. All of this is weather permitting.

Mount Evans Highway typically is opened to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet) for the summer on the Friday before Memorial Day. However, due to the multiple late spring snowfalls, maintenance crews will need to continue clearing the highway of snow and ice to ensure safe road conditions for drivers visiting Mount Evans.

CDOT crews have worked throughout the month of May clearing snow along the highway from the gates at Echo Lake Lodge to the summit of Mount Evans, which is the highest paved road in North America. The plowing process involves five different pieces of machinery to safely and efficiently clear the roadway of all snow and ice including a bull dozer, snow cat and snow blower. A behind the scenes video of this process is available at this link: https://youtu.be/g0nntLD-OIY.

Information regarding the opening and closing of seasonal roads can be found at all times at cotrip.org You can sign up for customized travel alerts via text and email on CDOT’s website. For more information about Mount Evans, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans. You can also call the Clear Creek Ranger’s District at 303-567-4382 or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor’s Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of downtown Idaho Springs.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:42 am

June 7, 2019

Mount Evans Highway is open for the season

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Mount Evans Highway (State Highway 5) is open to the public for the season as of 8 a.m. Friday, June 7. Please note that the highway will be closing again at 8 p.m. Friday night and will remain closed until noon on Saturday, June 8 for the Mount Evans Ascent race. Following that, Mount Evans Highway will be open to the public as normal. Because of all the remaining snow surrounding the highway, motorists are reminded to take it slow, be aware, and drive safely on the roadway.

Mount Evans Highway typically is opened to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet) for the summer on the Friday before Memorial Day. Due to multiple late spring snowfalls, the opening of the highway was delayed as maintenance crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) needed to continue clearing the highway of snow and ice to ensure safe road conditions for drivers visiting Mount Evans.

CDOT crews worked throughout the month of May clearing snow along the highway from the gates at Echo Lake Lodge to the summit of Mount Evans, which is the highest paved road in North America. The plowing process involves five different pieces of machinery to safely and efficiently clear the roadway of all snow and ice including a bull dozer, snow cat and snow blower. A behind the scenes video of this process is available at this link: https://youtu.be/g0nntLD-OIY.

Information regarding the opening and closing of seasonal roads can be found at all times at cotrip.org You can sign up for customized travel alerts via text and email on CDOT’s website. For more information about Mount Evans, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans. You can also call the Clear Creek Ranger’s District at 303-567-4382 or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor’s Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of downtown Idaho Springs.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:53 pm

CO 5 (Mount Evans Rd) SB/NB:
Safety closure between CO 103 and the end of CO 5 (Mount Evans Rd).
Due to adverse weather conditions. No estimate for reopening.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:36 am

CDOT:

Mount Evans Highway (State Highway 5) will remain closed through the weekend due to additional snowfall and adverse road and weather conditions. Crews will begin plowing the road again Monday morning, and we will keep you updated once the highway is opened up again.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:17 am

CDOT:

CO 5 (Mount Evans Rd) SB/NB:
Road open between CO 103 and the end of CO 5 (Mount Evans Rd).
Road remains closed from Summit Lake to the Summit.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:35 pm

CDOT has announced the top portion of the Mount Evans Highway will close for the season starting next Tuesday, Sept. 6. This segment of Colorado Highway 5 is the first of several seasonal road closures that will happen in the coming months.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:24 am

CO 5 (Mount Evans Rd) SB/NB: Road closed for season between USFS Summit Lake Loop and the end of CO 5 (Mount Evans Rd).

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