BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Officials with the Department of Transportation on Sunday announced that they have opened an emergency road route out of Estes Park for emergency purposes, local residents, or for tourists who need to leave.

Those who need to leave Estes Park have to take Highway 7 south to Allenspark, then on to Nederland and Central City and Interstate 70 to get to Denver or anywhere else.

Officials on Saturday were able to open an emergency road route into Estes Park, which was cut off on Friday when Rocky Mountain National Park officials closed the park and Trail Ridge Road closed.

Officials said for now due to road instability from the flooding they are only allowing “emergency personnel, residents of Estes Park, delivery vehicles and other essential visitors” through a route which goes from the Peak to Peak Highway (Highway 119) in Nederland through Allenspark and on to Estes Park.

CDOT officials said they are working “around the clock” to check damage to roads and bridges on Colorado’s Front Range.

“CDOT continues to encourage motorists to exercise extra caution when traveling across the Front Range, as some highways may appear structurally sound but could have been damaged by water, rocks, or debris. In addition to driving carefully, motorists should not pull over to view flood damage, as it creates a safety hazard on the highways,” they wrote in a news release.

Just after noon on Saturday CDOT also fully reopened Interstate 25 in Northern Colorado that was closed on Friday from Fort Collins all the way to the Wyoming border.

The following is a list of highway updates as of 6:15 p.m. Sunday:

Recent Highway Openings

  •  U.S. 24 between Cascade and Manitou Springs following Flash Flood Warning
  •  U.S. 287 from MP 307 (Isabella) to MP 310 (SH 52)

New/Updated Closures

  •  U.S. 6 south of Sterling between MP 383 and 392
  •  I-25 Frontage Road south of Loveland at MP 256.670
  •  I-25 ramps at SH 119

Ongoing Closures In Northeast Colorado

  •  I-76 exit ramps at Barlow Road (milepost 82)
  •  U.S. 34 between Greeley and Wiggins
  •  SH 39 between Goodrich and I-76
  •  SH 52 between SH 14 and I-76
  •  SH 71 near Snyder
  •  SH 144 between US 34 and CR 13

Ongoing Closures in Northern Colorado

  •  U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park
  •  U.S. 34 eastbound from Granby to Estes Park- essential travel only, checkpoints in place
  •  U.S. 34 from 37th Street to County Road 49 in Greeley
  •  U.S. 36 between Boulder and Estes Park
  •  U.S. 287 between SH 402 and 5th Street in Loveland
  •  U.S. 287 between Ken Pratt Boulevard to Boston Avenue in Longmont
  •  SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park
  •  SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
  •  SH 60 at CR 46
  •  SH 66 between 53rd Street in Longmont to Lyons
  •  SH 66 between CR 13 and CR 19
  •  SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland in Boulder Canyon
  •  SH 119 between County Line and I-25
  •  SH 170 between SH 93 and Eldorado Canyon State Park
  •  SH 257 between SH 60 in Milliken to US 34

Ongoing Closures in the Denver Metro Area

  •  I-70 eastbound off-ramp to Quebec Street
  •  U.S. 40 at Floyd Hill (MP 269.5 to 270.5)
  •  SH 30 (Havana Street) at Alameda Avenue
  •  SH 44 (104th Avenue) between Brighton Road and McKay Road
  •  SH 72 (Indiana Street) between 72nd Avenue and 80th Avenue
  •  SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119 in Coal Creek Canyon

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.


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