Move Over, Highway 6

You might have noticed the recent warm weather has brought about a flurry of construction activity along US Hwy 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. This is all part of another 3/4 mile stretch of the Peaks to Plains Trail and the development of the Big Easy Recreation Area which will include parking for over 50 cars, a permanent restroom, multiple river access points, picnic areas and a new bridge across the creek. To accommodate the new parking lot, and allow for safer creek-side access, US Hwy 6 needs to be moved to the north. With a planned opening date of early September, the crews are working diligently to  physically move the highway to the north of its current location near mile marker 262.5.

Please be patient with on-going lane closures and delays as a result of this work (they will continue off an on for the next month or so). Rest assured the new amenities and recreation area will be worth the wait and loved by visitors for years to come.

Rock face being chipped away

A large rock face needs to be removed to make room for the new highway alignment.

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The removed rock will be crushed and re-purposed as the road base for new pavement.

Installing nails into bank

The steep slopes above the future highway need to be stabilized using long soil nails, steel mesh, shotcrete, and stone veneer.  Here you can see the drilling equipment installing soil nails.

Stone wall finish

With the wire mesh and shotcrete in place, the future stone veneer allows the wall to blend in with the surrounding area.

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The future highway alignment is beginning to take shape.

Cell tower

The existing cell tower, fiber optic lines and electrical line all need to be moved as well.

Fiberoptic lines being buried

The new lines are encased in concrete for protection.

Buried lines

Before being completely buried, red caution tape is added as a final layer of safety.

 

Upcoming Highway Closure

A portion of US Highway 6, from the intersection of State Highway 119 west to the intersection of US Highway 40, will be closed March 22nd – March 28th.  At each highway bridge we will install an underpass as part of the eastern most section of CCC-3. We anticipate no impacts to traffic traveling west through the Canyon to Black Hawk and Central City . We will provide detailed information as the closure date approaches, but please see the map and photo simulation below for more information.

-Scot Grossman, Jefferson County Open Space

US 6 closure March15 CCC-3-underpass