The tough winter of 2010-2011 continues to exact a toll on Rocky Mountain National Park, where the Farview Curve Overlook Parking Area will be closed beginning Monday so crews can repair a historic rock wall damaged by the heavy snows.
This spring, large cracks were observed in the pavement and wall, and the wall has developed a significant tilt.
The parking area, on Trail Ridge Road on the west side of the park about 14 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, will close at 7 a.m. Monday. While the repairs to the pavement and rock wall are expected to take about three weeks, some sections of the parking area could open sooner, according to park officials.
On Monday, erosion control is scheduled to begin around the wall, followed by the demolition of the existing wall footings, sidewalk and adjacent asphalt. The sub-excavation and backfill operations should take roughly a week, say park officials, who add that resetting the stone masonry wall is anticipated to take three weeks.
The work schedule will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday,
but closures will be in place during weekends as well. One way traffic will be required on the lower end of the wall section for a few days during the demolition and reconstruction of the wall foundation.