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Transportation officials to open U.S. 34 to Estes Park for Thanksgiving

Staff reports

Drivers will get to use U.S. 34 between Loveland and Estes Park over Thanksgiving.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has the area closed for improvements.

The 3-mile section on the east end of the canyon, which closed in mid-October, will open at 4 p.m. Wednesday to all motorists. The stretch will close again at 7 p.m. Sunday.

While the roadway is open, a traffic signal and flaggers will help guide drivers through a single-lane section of highway. Drivers should be prepared to stop for up to 10 minutes.

Afterward, the canyon will be closed to through-traffic through Memorial Day. To reach properties in the canyon and travel between Estes Park and Loveland, drivers should use the detours on U.S. 36 and Colo. 66.

The 2013 floods damaged U.S. 34 Big Thompson Canyon's roads and bridges. They also damaged homes, and public safety agencies had to use helicopters for evacuations.

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Lethal floods also hit the canyon in 1976.

The two events led CDOT officials to study hydraulic flow and its impact on the road and bridges. They're also looking for safety and resiliency solutions to protect residents from future floods.

For more information, call the project information line at (970) 667-1005, email the team at infous34@kiewit.com, or go to the website and sign up for updates at us34canyon.codot.gov.