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The long-awaited reconstruction of CR 306 east of Cottonwood Pass will shift into high gear Monday, June 18, and begin impacting traffic with one-lane road operations.

One-lane road configurations will begin near the bottom of the pass on the Buena Vista side, with wait times not expected to exceed 20 minutes. The road from the Avalanche Trailhead parking area to the summit also will be closed to all public vehicular traffic, including bicycles and pedestrian traffic. Signage is planned to notify road users of future delays and stops. While the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail will remain open during construction, travelers on the Continental Divide Trail will not have access to the road.

Road improvements will begin at the intersection of CR 306 and CR 321, and continue west. Diverting traffic to a single lane will give Kirkland Construction the operational space to install erosion control and begin excavating, widening and grading the road shoulders. Beginning on or around June 25, Kirkland Construction will start pulverizing the road base and begin installation of utility conduit.

“Any road closures or other traffic restrictions will be posted in advance,” said Jordan Williams, public information officer. “We’re urging people to visit the Federal Highway Administration website to get up-to-the-minute information.” ( )