Major delays and backups are expected inside the park.

Taking friends and family over to Rocky Mountain National Park? if so, prepare for some major traffic backups and delays. A road repaving project will get underway starting Monday, August 5 and continuing through the 9.  The park plans to close two miles of Bear Lake Road for repaving. A pilot car will lead traffic around the construction zone. Wait times could be as long as 20 minutes or more. Backups and delays are expected to peak on Wednesday and Thursday the 7th and 8th. That's when the first two miles of Bear Lake Road is set to be sealed. Park visitors are encouraged to visit the Bear Lake Road area in the morning before 9 AM and later in the evening after 6 PM.

There's more. Starting on Tuesday, July 30 and continuing through August 2 crews will be working on a crack sealing project along Trail Ridge Road. Expect delays from the Colorado River Trailhead over to the Grand Lake Entrance. Plan for delays as long as 20 minutes or so. The road construction will continue well into August. From the 12th through the 16th crews will resurface Trail Ridge Road from the Rock Cut area to just west of the Lava Cliffs overlook.

Finally, an additional repaving project on Trail Ridge Road gets underway on September 9th. Work starts again at the Colorado River Trailhead and continues to the Grand Lake Entrance. That project is excepted to last anywhere from two to three weeks depending on the weather. Again, expect delays as long as 20 minutes or more as the road will be down to just a single lane of traffic.

Updates on Trail Ridge Road are always available by calling The Trail Ridge Road Status Line at 970-586-1222.

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