The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has entered into a public/private partnership aimed at improving safety through Clear Creek Canyon by providing cell phone coverage and other services into an area where it is currently unavailable.
When the highway is closed, the detour to Black Hawk/Central City is: I-70 west to Exit 244, east on U.S. 6 three miles to SH 119, north on SH 119 OR I-70 to Central City Parkway (Exit 243).
PLEASE NOTE: Weekday closures continue through Friday, June 29 (Closed at 11 p.m. on Sundays; Reopening at 10 a.m. on Fridays)
The closure is required to allow fiber optics to be installed along U.S. 6, which will provide cell phone coverage and other services into an area where it is currently unavailable. In addition to the fiber installation, CDOT is conducting other operations in the canyon while the road is closed, such as rock mitigation and tunnel work.
While U.S. 6 is closed, individual boaters and kayakers are not allowed to travel the highway between Golden and SH 119. However, recreational users of Clear Creek can still drop into the water anywhere west of the SH 119 junction and exit the creek in Golden. Bicyclists never are allowed to travel U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon.
Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html or by calling 511. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including US 6/SH 119 Clear Creek Canyon.