Electronic Message Signs

Update May 31, 2018

Public Works is please to report that the two signs located outside the Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure went live on May 25 as scheduled. There will be continued work on the other signs, located at Cherokee Draw and US 34 & Summit Drive, in the coming week.

Update May 7, 2018

The Town of Estes Park and its contractor, Sturgeon Electric, will begin installation of Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) May 7. Work is scheduled to be completed by May 25, 2018, weather permitting. Four DMS will be installed in three locations - - one on Big Thompson Avenue/U.S. 34 near Summit Drive facing westbound traffic, one on St. Vrain Avenue/U.S. 36 between 4th Street & Community Drive facing westbound traffic, and two on St. Vrain Avenue/U.S. 36 at the entrance driveway to the transit facility parking structure with one facing each direction of traffic. Construction will be in the roadside area adjacent to the pavement and is not expected to result in any lane closures.  Traffic control signage, barrels, and cones will be present to identify the three work zones. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when traveling past these areas.

The unique partnership between Sturgeon Electric and the Town was developed to control costs. The Town is self-performing some elements of the work to keep expenditures within budgeted values for this project.

Update Apr. 2, 2018

The second Invitation to Bid resulted in two interested bidders that, again, exceeded the budgeted funds. The Town is in active discussions with the lowest of the bidders with the hopes of negotiating the scope of work to reduce out-of-pocket expenditures. There is a possibility of the Town self-performing some of the work that was included in the scope.

Update Jun. 20, 2017

The Town issued an Invitation to Bid for the installation of the digital message signs which closed on June 5. One bid was received which exceeded the budgeted funds. Moving forward, the Town will revise the scope and schedule and issue a second Invitation to Bid in late June.

Electronic Message Sign Location Map


The Town of Estes Park has received grants totaling approximately $136,000 through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program by the Upper Front Range Regional Planning Commission and the Colorado Department of Transportation. With a $50,000 local match from the Town, the grants will fund the installation of four permanent electronic messaging signs on U.S. 34 and U.S. 36 to encourage motorists to take advantage of peripheral parking areas and shuttles before continuing through downtown Estes Park. The project enhances the Town of Estes Park's efforts, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain National Park, to encourage use of transit while reducing congestion and emissions.

A member of the executive committee of the Upper Front Range Regional Planning Commission, Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly was pleased by the awards. Donnelly commented, "As your elected representative, I'm very glad to see the Town of Estes Park has been awarded this grant. These funds will help lessen vehicle presence and congestion by directing visitors where to park, while encouraging greater use of the shuttles. It'll help enhance an already great visitor experience in Estes Park."

Also funded in part by a CMAQ grant, the Town built a park-n-ride lot with a sheltered shuttle stop at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park in 2011. Since that time, static signage used to promote the lot and its shuttle access has been insufficient to encourage consistent, significant use by visitors. CMAQ funds will also help the Town build a new transit facility/parking structure, expected to be complete by July of 2017. The structure will be located off U.S. 36, across the Big Thompson River from the Estes Park Visitor Center, which serves as the hub for the Town's free shuttles and the national park's hiker shuttle. The new electronic signs will allow flexible messaging to encourage visitors to park at these two facilities and use shuttles prior to reaching Estes Park's downtown.

Future updates regarding these signs will be posted to this page as they become available. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.