Moraine Avenue Bridge Upgrades

Update Oct. 19, 2017

The Moraine Avenue closure in the bridge area is now in effect. The Rockwell Street one-way has been reversed for westbound traffic (i.e. heading to Rocky Mountain National Park.) Eastbound traffic (i.e. returning to town from the national park) is directed at Crags Drive to take Riverside Drive to Elkhorn Avenue. Please follow detour signs accordingly. Minor adjustments will be made along the south stretch (one-way portion) of Moraine Avenue as needed for utility installation. All businesses on Moraine Avenue are open and all sidewalk accesses to these businesses are open.

Update Oct. 3, 2017

The Town has received final approval from CDOT to proceed with the Moraine Avenue bridge replacement. Closure of the northbound lanes is now anticipated October 11, 2017 with full closure of Moraine Avenue in the bridge area expected October 16. Businesses in the construction area will remain open; the Town will place directional signage to the businesses on Elkhorn and Moraine Avenues, Rockwell Street and the Riverwalk. 

Update Sept. 23, 2017

Pending CDOT permit approval, construction on the Moraine Avenue Bridge Replacement is anticipated to begin on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Moraine Avenue northbound between Rockwell Street and Elkhorn Avenue will be closed beginning Oct. 2, 2017, with southbound lanes to remain open until Oct. 10.

After Oct. 10, traffic control will be adjusted to one way southbound via Rockwell Street (reversing travel direction of Rockwell Street) for necessary utility work. During construction of the bridge replacement, the portion of Moraine Avenue from Elkhorn to Rockwell Street will be closed. Construction will continue through spring of 2018 with a completion date of mid-May 2018, weather permitting.

On Sept. 12, 2017, the Town Board approved the construction contract for Structures, Inc. allowing the Moraine Avenue Bridge Replacement project to commence, providing for flood mitigation and downtown resilience. This project is funded through a $2 million Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Approval by the Town Board also provides for a temporary pedestrian bridge to be constructed, allowing access to downtown businesses via this corridor. The sidewalk located on the west side of Moraine Avenue between Elkhorn Avenue and Rockwell Street will not be closed before the temporary pedestrian bridge has been installed over Fall River. Additional wayfinding signage will be made available to provide other viable pedestrian routes.

During the project, the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers have been directed to park their vehicles in the pre-approved locations including the area within the temporary construction fence and in the Davis Hill public parking lot at 238 Moraine Avenue rather than on public streets, other public parking lots, private business parking lots, and/or in front of businesses.

For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Mike Todd of Cornerstone Engineering,  at 970-586-2458 or

The Town of Estes Park and consultants at Cornerstone Engineering & Surveying and RockSol Consulting Engineers have completed the final design of upgrades to the Moraine Avenue bridge crossing Fall River. The new bridge would reduce the risk of Fall River overtopping the road and affecting downtown businesses and residents in a future flood event. Pending CDOT concurrence in fall 2017, construction of the new bridge could tentatively take place fall 2017 through spring 2018.

If the project proceeds to construction, the public will be invited to another meeting to review and provide feedback on construction plans and disruptions. Construction would likely require the closure of Moraine Avenue from Elkhorn Avenue to Rockwell Street sometime during winter 2017-2018; safe access to all businesses would be maintained at all times. This project is unaffiliated with the Downtown Estes Loop, and if both projects were to proceed to construction, there would be no overlap in disruptions.

Design and construction (pending CDOT concurrence) for the upgrade to the Moraine Avenue bridge are funded by a $2 million Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery from the Colorado Departments of Local Affairs and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. As the owner of U.S. 36/Moraine Avenue, the Colorado Department of Transportation has permitted project design and construction, also pending a final review.

Using all available space, an upgraded Moraine Avenue bridge would significantly increase the capacity to convey floodwater within Fall River. The Moraine Avenue bridge is one of five downtown bridges identified as top priorities for flood mitigation and reducing the size of the future mapped floodplain. Other flood mitigation projects are needed for the downtown area, and the Town continues to diligently research and pursue funding opportunities to implement the projects necessary to help reduce the flood risk for the downtown area.

Periodic project updates will be posted to this page.