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Clear Creek Canyon Open For Weekend

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A sign along Highway 6 (credit: CBS)

A sign along Highway 6 (credit: CBS)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon is open for the weekend between the junction of State Highways 58 and 93 in Golden and Highway 119.

The closure of the canyon resumes on Sunday at 11 p.m. until May 24 at 8 a.m. The canyon will remain open through Memorial Day weekend, closing again on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

When the highway is closed the detour to Black Hawk and Central City is Interstate 70 west to exit 244, east of U.S. 6 three miles to Hwy 119 or I-70 to Central City Parkway, exit 243.

Weekday closures continue through Friday, June 29, closed at 11 p.m. on Sundays and reopening at 10 a.m. on Fridays.

The closure is required to allow fiber optics to be installed along U.S. 6, which will provide cell phone coverage and other services into an area where it is currently unavailable. In addition to the fiber installation, CDOT is conducting other operations in the canyon while the road is closed, such as rock mitigation and tunnel work.

While U.S. 6 is closed, individual boaters and kayakers are not allowed to travel the highway between Golden and SH 119. However, recreational users of Clear Creek can still drop into the water anywhere west of the SH 119 junction and exit the creek in Golden. Bicyclists never are allowed to travel U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon.

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