Highway 91 Closure
Due to an unfavorable weather forecast for October 26th, the overnight closure of Highway 91 near Copper Mountain has been rescheduled to start at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 29, and will be in place until 4:30am, while crews install a new pedestrian bridge over the highway. Nighttime travelers seeking access to Interstate 70 from Leadville will be detoured through Minturn on U.S. Highway 24. Travelers will be able to access Copper Mountain from I-70 throughout the duration of the closure.
“The bridge will be installed overnight to minimize the impact to travelers on CO 91,” explained Jason Lederer, senior resource specialist for Summit County Open Space & Trails. “This is the first, and likely, only time we will be impacting motorists to build this trail. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we work on this exciting improvement to our trail system.”
The detour will redirect traffic from Leadville through Minturn using U.S. 24 and I-70. The detour route adds 36 miles and approximately 30-40 minutes to travel time- link to detour map.
Fremont Pass Recreational Pathway Project
The new bridge is a part of the larger Fremont Pass Recreational Pathway Project. This project is a collaboration between Summit and Lake counties, the U.S. Forest Service and the Climax Molybdenum Company. The new pathway will connect Summit and Lake counties’ pathway systems and will pass through National Forest and Climax-owned properties over Fremont Pass and along Colorado Highway 91 Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway.
The project is being funded through the Federal Lands Access Program grant, Summit County, the State of Colorado and a local nonprofit organization of bicyclists. This three-mile section of trail runs along Tenmile Creek and is expected to open in early summer 2021.
Project Contact Information
For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 970-456-4456 or email the team to sign up for updates.