Brainard Road Reconstruction

Brainard Road Reconstruction

Current damaged condition of Brainard Lake Road prior to reconstruction
The Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highways Administration (CFLHD), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Boulder County Transportation, is reconstructing Brainard Lake Road between the Peak-to-Peak Highway (SH 72) and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area from November 2017 through July 2018.

  • Road construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 and will run through July 31, 2018

There will be periodic road closures throughout the project:

  • Starting Monday, Nov. 27, Brainard Road will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC (cars and bikes)
    • Monday through Thursday = 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Fridays = 8 a.m. to noon
    • Open weekends
  • The road will remain open on all major holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
  • Closure dates will be updated on this webpage along with re-openings, whenever new information becomes available

SPRING & SUMMER 2018 – FULL CLOSURE (24/7)

Starting in mid-March 2018 (date TBD), Brainard Road will be closed 24-hours a day, seven days a week through Thursday, June 28 to allow for uninterrupted construction work and a safe work zone.

  • The road will be closed, but the recreation area will remain open. Access the recreation are via area trails.
  • Any changes to this schedule will be posted here as soon as they are known.
  • The road will be open to all traffic on major holidays and whenever work is not being undertaken.

SPILLWAY BRIDGE REPAIRS AT BRAINARD LAKE – March 1, 2018 through June 28, 2018

The U.S. Forest Service will be working on repairs to the Spillway Bridge at Brainard Lake itself between March 1, 2018 and June 28, 2018. The bridge may be closed during this time, but the recreation area will remain open.

Proposed Improvements:

  • Full reconstruction of 2.5 miles of Brainard Lake Road
  • Increased roadway width from 22-feet to 27-feet
  • Four-foot shoulder in the uphill/westbound lane to improve safety, assist with snow removal, and provide additional space for cyclists and pedestrians using the road
  • Source water protection measures for the Town of Ward’s water supply
  • Speed mitigation devices in advance of tighter curves.

The project is anticipated to cost approximately $3.5 million, 80 percent of which is funded through the Colorado Federal Lands Access Program, a federal program to fund construction of state or locally-owned access roads that access federally owned properties.

Brainard Lake Road reconstruction project area

Project Contacts & Email List:

  • Tim Swope – Boulder County Transportation Project Manager at 720-564-2658 or email
  • Andrew Barth – Boulder County Transportation Communications – 303-441-1032 or email
  • Project Email List – to be added to the project email list, please send an Email to Andrew Barth

Contact Us

Transportation Department

303-441-3900
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Location

2525 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80304

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306