US 34 Repairs – Know Before You Come
Planning a trip to Estes Park or Rocky Mountain National Park via Loveland? A closure of US 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon between Loveland and Estes Park allows visitors to take a different and equally scenic route and only takes 10-15 extra minutes. The canyon is expected to reopen prior to Memorial Day weekend 2018.
WHEN/WHERE EXACTLY IS THE US 34 CLOSURE?
From Oct. 2, 2017 until Memorial Day 2018, US 34 will be closed in Big Thompson Canyon to through traffic. Crews will close US 34 from mile point (MP) 67 to MP 83. County Road 43 will remain open up to the US 34 intersection.
HOW MUCH EXTRA TIME WILL IT TAKE ME TO GET TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK?
The US 36/Colorado Highway 66 detour is only 10-15 minutes and 14 miles longer than the US 34 route. The detour highways allow for higher speeds of travel, helping you get to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park easily and quickly.
WHAT ARE SOME ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ON THE DETOUR?
Experience Loveland’s historic downtown district including six art galleries, three local breweries, 40+ restaurants, eight shopping boutiques, the Loveland Museum/Gallery, street art/sculptures and more. While you are passing through, be sure to discover Loveland’s newest art gallery, Gallery 970, located on US 287 just north of Highway 402.
WHY IS THE ROAD CLOSED?
US 34 throughout Big Thompson Canyon was heavily damaged during the Sept. 2013 floods. A temporary road was built in Nov. 2013. Since then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has researched the river and road structure. This closure allows CDOT to upgrade US 34 in the canyon for the long-term.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE CDOT ROADWORK PROJECT?
Head to CDOT’s website for updates to this project, or call CDOT directly at (970) 667-1005. To sign up for “CDOT Alerts” on projects in your chosen area, visit CDOT’s website at www.codot.gov and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page.