Hiking/Backcountry

Brainard Road reconstruction begins Wednesday, Nov. 15

Periodic closures continue through the Winter 2018; Full 24-hour closures of Brainard Road planned March to June 2018

Boulder County, Colo. – The Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highways Administration (CFLHD), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Boulder County Transportation, will begin reconstruction of Brainard Lake Road between the Peak-to-Peak Highway (SH 72) and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. The construction will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 15. During initial construction this winter, Brainard Road will be closed at Highway 72 to all users (bikes and cars) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The road will be open on major holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The road closures are weather dependent. Updates to the schedule and closure information will be posted at www.BrainardRoad.com.

The next phase of construction on Brainard Road is scheduled to start Thursday, March 1 and continue through the end of July 2018. In order to provide for uninterrupted construction and a safe work zone, Brainard Road will be closed to all users (cars and bikes) 24-hours per day, seven days per week from March 1 through June 28.

Project Improvements:

  • Full reconstruction of 2.5 miles of Brainard Lake Road
  • Increased roadway width
  • Four-foot shoulder in the uphill/westbound lane to improve safety, assist with snow removal, and provide additional space for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Source water protection for the Town of Ward’s water supply
  • Speed mitigation devices in advance of tighter curves.

For more information on this work, visit the project website, or contact Andrew Barth at abarth@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1032. All current Boulder County Transportation project information is available at www.BoCoConeZones.com.

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