CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — June 10, 2021 — A Denver Water project to repair and replace deteriorating culverts on Jones Pass Road (Forest Service Road 144.1) will require closure of a lower portion of the road on the east side of the Continental Divide between June 14 and June 30.
The work area is above a large meadow at the Docker Mine, which means the public can still access camp sites below that point. Conducting the work at this time will mean the road can reopen by July, in time for increased public use as the east side of the road becomes increasingly snow-free. The work will not affect access on the Grand County (west) side of Jones Pass, as it is inaccessible until later in the summer.
Denver Water will repair or replace five culverts on the road as part of a longer-term effort to maintain many of the 55 culverts along the entire length of Jones Pass Road. Last summer, Denver Water repaired or replaced culverts on a lower stretch of the road during the first half of June.
Although the road will be closed to motorized travel during the two-week construction period, Denver Water will attempt to accommodate hikers and cyclists through the work area as conditions allow. Note that a full motorized/non-motorized closure will be necessary at one of the culverts in the work area due to the steep slopes, which do not accommodate foot traffic around the construction zone.
Denver Water uses and maintains the road under a special use permit with the Forest Service. The road is important to the utility’s operations as it provides the only route for getting equipment and supplies over Jones Pass to portions of its Williams Fork Collection System between late summer and early fall.
Note: Map of Jones Pass Road and closure area available upon request.