Remember how last week, I was so upset about the condition of Estes Park since the flood and government shutdown?  Well, this week, there's a glimmer of hope for the town we love so much.

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) is asking the Federal Government to hand control of Trail Ridge Road over to the state of Colorado.

Currently, Trail Ridge Road is closed due to the government shutdown (because it runs through Rocky Mountain National Park).  But, if the feds allow it, the state of Colorado would be able to re-open the road and restore a vital lifeline to Estes Park.

The Colorado Department of Transportation would plow and maintain the road, while Colorado State Patrol would be tasked with sending troopers to keep it safe for use.

[via The Coloradoan.]

Since Trail Ridge is currently one of only two roads to Estes Park that weren't destroyed by the recent flood, re-opening it would surely be a lifesaver for the small town.

Take a look at the video below for more on this story.  I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed!  How about you?