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Night Closures on Bear Lake Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 06 April 2012 10:32
The night closure times for the Bear Lake Road reconstruction project in Rocky Mountain National Park are changing.  Beginning on Sunday night, April 8, through May 18, the road will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. nightly Sunday nights through Friday mornings. The closures will take place from the junction of Trail Ridge Road/US 36 and Bear Lake Road to the Big Thompson River Bridge.

Moraine Park Campground will be open; however campers will need to plan ahead for the night closures.  The closure area will soon be moving pass the junction to Moraine Park Campground and will therefore allow full access to the campground.

The Bear Lake Road reconstruction project involves 5.1 miles of road and access to another 4.3 miles. There are 110 miles of road in the park. This project does not include Trail Ridge Road.  Information on the Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Project is available at www.nps.gov/romo, the park’s recorded road status line (970) 586-1222, or through the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.
 
April 4 2012 Incident Alberta Falls PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:34
Today, at around 12:30 p.m., park dispatch received a cell phone call indicating a man had taken an approximate 10-foot fall near Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.  He suffered numerous traumatic injuries. Park rangers and park medics arrived on scene and provided advanced medical care. Alberta Falls is roughly one mile from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. The 39-year-old man from Indiana was carried in a litter to Bear Lake Road where he was transferred to an ambulance with Estes Park Medical Center. The man was then taken by ambulance to Glacier Basin Campground where an air ambulance from North Colorado Med Evac flew him at 3:45 p.m. to Medical Center of the Rockies.


No further information will be released at this time.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2012 08:41
 
Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Begins PDF Print E-mail
Written by DeeCeeM   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:51

Bear Lake Road

Bear Lake Road is one of the most popular scenic roads in Rocky Mountain National Park and provides year-round visitor access to a variety of wonderful recreational opportunities. More than 2 million visitors a year are estimated to drive on Bear Lake Road and last year over 440,000 riders took advantage of the shuttle buses along the corridor. Beginning on March 5, visitors should expect major construction work on the lower section of the road for the next two years.

The construction will take place on Bear Lake Road from the junction of Trail Ridge Road/Highway 36 to the Park & Ride – Glacier Basin Campground intersection, covering 5.1 miles. The work will be similar in scope and impacts as the first phase of reconstruction on Bear Lake Road, which was completed in 2004 and took place on the upper 4.3 mile section of road.  This major project will involve construction of significant retaining walls to improve safety and drainage. In addition, a 0.9 mile section will be rerouted away from Glacier Creek, in order to prevent impacts to wetlands and riparian habitat and reduce costs. Repairs will be made on the Big Thompson Bridge to improve safety. Structural deficiencies will be corrected in the roadway and inadequate parking and pullout design will be improved. This project will widen the road and improve the road surface to better accommodate park shuttle buses. Safety associated with winter snow removal will be enhanced by the wider road.

Beginning on March 5, park visitors should expect at least one 30 minute delay, Monday through Friday, on the lower section of Bear Lake Road. As the construction proceeds, visitors should expect rough road conditions.

From May 29, through October 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Bear Lake Road, approximately one mile west of Moraine Park Visitor Center to Bear Lake, will be accessible by free shuttle bus only, seven days a week.  Private vehicles will be allowed both directions prior to 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. Visitors in private vehicles, who make the 9:00 a.m. cutoff time, will be allowed to travel eastbound throughout the day. All visitors, in private vehicles or shuttle buses, should expect at least two 20-minute delays both west and eastbound through the construction area.  There will be no construction delays between Park & Ride and Bear Lake.  There may be night closures during the construction. Night closures will be announced at least two weeks prior to occurring.  The park’s three shuttle routes will be modified during the construction. The Bear Lake Route will run between Moraine Park Visitor Center and Bear Lake with stops at Hollowell Park, Park & Ride, Bierstadt Bus Stop, Glacier Gorge Trailhead and Bear Lake. The Moraine Park Route will run between the Moraine Park Visitor Center and the Fern Lake bus stop with stops at Moraine Park Campground, Cub Lake Trailhead and Fern Lake bus stop. The first bus will depart from the Moraine Park Visitor Center at 7:00 a.m. and the last bus will leave at 7:00 p.m. The last bus of the day will leave Bear Lake and Fern Lake Trailheads at 7:30 p.m. Bear Lake Route buses will run every 15 minutes but may be delayed during periods of road construction. Moraine Park Route buses will run every 20 minutes.

The Hiker Shuttle Route will make stops at the Estes Park Fairgrounds Parking Lot, the Estes Park Visitor Center, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, and the Moraine Park Visitor Center where passengers will transfer to either the Bear Lake Route or the Moraine Park Route. The first bus will leave the Town of Estes Park Visitor Center at 6:30 a.m. and the last bus will leave the Moraine Park Visitor Center bound for Estes Park at 8:00 p.m. The Hiker Shuttle will run on an hourly schedule early and late in the day; switching to a half hour schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Most facilities along Bear Lake Road will be available to the public during the reconstruction project. However, Glacier Basin Campground and the Tuxedo Park picnic area and shuttle stop will be closed. Numerous pull-off areas may be closed at times during the construction. Moraine Park Visitor Center will be open, however visitors should expect congestion and very limited parking. Visitors should also expect congestion and limited parking at the popular picnic and angler area in lower Moraine Park, north of the Big Thompson River.

During the next two years, visitors who plan to go to the Bear Lake area will have easier access if they plan ahead, hike early or hike late, and carpool. All trailheads along the Bear Lake Corridor, the Park & Ride, Moraine Park Visitor Center and Beaver Meadows Visitor Center have limited parking spaces available. For those visitors who want to access the Bear Lake area between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the best option will be to park in Estes Park at the parking lot near the Fairgrounds or the Estes Park Visitor Center and take the Hiker Shuttle in to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is approaching its Centennial anniversary in 2015. Bear Lake Road was completed in 1928 and until 2003, no significant improvements were made. No major road work has taken place on the lower section for more than 80 years. When this project is complete, just prior to the park’s hundredth anniversary, it will conclude over 47 miles of critical improvements on park roads since 2003.

The Federal Highway Administration awarded a $28 million contract to American Civil Constructors and is administering this project on behalf of the National Park Service. American Civil Constructors is based in Littleton, Colorado.

This project involves 5.1 miles of road and access to another 4.3 miles. There are 110 miles of road in the park. This project does not include Trail Ridge Road. Information on the Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Project will be available at www.nps.gov/romo, the park’s recorded road status line (970) 586-1222 or through the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

 
Pile Burning Rescheduled PDF Print E-mail
Written by DeeCeeM   
Saturday, 25 February 2012 11:28

On Tuesday, February 28, weather permitting, Bear Lake Road, from the Park & Ride to Bear Lake, will be temporarily closed from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m. for pile burning operations. The road will be closed for visitor safety, due to the location of the piles and the intense heat from the burning operations. If the burning operations are not completed, temporary closures may also occur on Wednesday, February 29, and possibly Thursday, March 1 during the same times and location.

Once the road reopens, there will still be actively burning piles but the intensity will be less. Smoke may be present. These piles consist of beetle-killed trees, dead and down material, and hazard trees along the road corridor.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.
 
Rescue near Flattop Mountain RMNP February 19 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 February 2012 18:06
Late last night, February 18, park rangers were notified of an overdue 54-year-old female from Estes Park, Colorado.  A family member found her car at the Bear Lake parking lot, but it was unknown where she may have hiked or snowshoed to.  Rangers and family members stayed in the Bear Lake area until after midnight.

Early this morning, Sunday, February 19, park rangers searched the Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lake areas as well as trails leading to Odessa Lake.  The woman was found around 10:00 a.m. roughly 3 miles up the summer trail to Odessa Lake, on the north side of Flattop Mountain.   She was breathing but was unconscious and unresponsive.  St. Anthony Flight for Life landed in the area at 10:45 a.m. and she was flown to St. Anthony Central at 11:00 a.m.
 
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