U.S. 34 Big Thompson Canyon to open before Memorial Day; more work to come
March 14, 2017
Work is on schedule to reopen the U.S. 34 corridor before Memorial Day.
Just prior to the Memorial Day weekend, U.S. 34 Big Thompson Canyon will open for everyone to travel, and the project team is committed to keeping the canyon open for travel this summer, according to a news release Tuesday from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The canyon remains closed to through-traffic until then. While there will be noticeable travel impacts in the canyon this summer, the team is still working to finalize exactly what these impacts will entail. CDOT plans to introduce the summertime traffic management strategies at public meetings later this spring in Loveland and Estes Park, according to the release.
U.S. 34 Big Thompson Canyon's roads and bridges were heavily damaged during the 2013 floods. The canyon and its residents also suffered from flooding in 1976. As a result of these two events, CDOT studied the hydraulic flow of the river in the canyon and its impact on the road and bridges along its path while looking for safety improvements and resiliency solutions to prevent and protect against future flood events.