CDOT released this statement on State Highway 72 between State Highway 93 and State Highway 119. The Update is titled “Road Remains Closed for Travel” and reads:

Due to the extensive damage caused by the September flood, State Highway (SH) 72, Coal Creek Canyon, between SH
93 and SH 119 will remain closed to through traffic until the end of November 2013, weather permitting. After further assessment, crews determined that the roadway was too unstable to carry larger amounts of traffic during the repairs as approximately five miles of SH 72 sustained severe damage and is impassible. For the safety of work crews, emergency personnel and motorists, no commuter travel is allowed within the work zone while the repairs are underway.
• Local residents who live within the work zone may obtain access by providing proof of residency within the area. These specific residents may obtain
access to their property during shifts breaks for construction crews from
5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
• Local businesses outside the delineated work zone are open for business. Please check with the individual business for details.
Communicating with Us
• To receive updates about the road repairs, please visit and click on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner. From here, you can sign up for email updates for SH 72 under Flooding.
• If you have questions or concerns, please send us an email at or leave a message on the project hotline at 720.541.9985. We will respond within 24 hours.

Coal Creek Canyon State Highway 72 washed out

Coal Creek Canyon State Highway 72 washed out

Note from the Fire Department: Please recognize that “local residents who live within the work zone” includes only those people with residencies in the lower canyon. The remaining Canyonites continue to have the other three routes available to them for commuting in/out of the Canyon. Please continue to exercise great caution on dirt road & mountain routes, respecting your safety and that of other drivers.

Here is the press release:
State Highway 72 Closure

For those with residences in the lower canyon, here is a reconstruction guide:
Private Access Reconstruction Guide