Flood Repairs Continue on Highway 36

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A popular highway will be closed today so crews can repair damage done during flooding last summer.

State and federal highway officials plan to close U.S. Highway 36 west of Pinewood Springs near Estes Park today for blasting.

Motorists can use alternate routes, including Colorado Highway 7 between Lyons and Estes Park.

C-DOT has been working to make repairs in the area, and help prevent future flooding.

In February, road crews blasted the sides of highway to make it wider and used the debris to stabilize slopes near the river, according to KCNC.

Another issue is that parts of the highway are currently built on top of soft materials like silt and soil, according to C-DOT. They want to change that foundation to bedrock, which won't wash away during a flood.

“The river’s not going to be able to pull that away as easily this time,” a C-DOT representative told KCNC.

The blasts are scheduled to take place through May.

September's floods killed nine people, damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes and washed out hundreds of miles of roads.