U.S. 34 route to Estes Park to open for Easter weekend
April 11, 2017
U.S. 34 will open to allow traffic through to Estes Park for Easter weekend, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation and Kiewit Infrastructure Company.
Since October, the stretch from mile points 77-80 has been open only to residents and only at specific times of day. Starting 4 p.m. Saturday and running through 8:30 a.m. Monday, that stretch will open to one-lane traffic with a pilot car to allow people to get through the canyon.
CDOT said people should expect 15- to 20-minute waits, depending on traffic.
Mile marker 80 is near the Cedar Cove area, west of Colorado Cherry Company. Mile marker 77 is near the Drake Fire Station.
Motorists will be stopped once at a traffic queue and will follow a pilot car through the single-lane work zone, according to the release.
The canyon has been closed to all through-traffic since Oct. 17 for safety reasons during rock blasting work, blasting 180,000 cubic yards of rock — the equivalent of 15,000 concrete trucks, according to the release.
For more information, including updates on the project, call (970) 667-1005 or visit us34canyon.codot.gov.