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US 34 Big Thompson Canyon

Debris Pickup Planned for Drake-Area Residents
Residents living in the Big Thompson Canyon between Estes Park and Drake who have flood debris to discard should place it alongside the US 34 right-of-way by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, and representatives with Kiewit Construction will start picking it up on Monday. Crews will not pick up garbage and they will not pick anything up from county roads or private property so the materials need to be brought to the state highway right-of-way.
Click here for full program details including what types of materials will be collected and how residents can request help in their cleanup efforts from the Estes Park Rotary Club.

US 34 Open Between Estes Park and Loveland

Temporary road repairs are complete and the highway reopened to regular traffic in both direction on Thursday, November 11 at noon.

Motorists are reminded that the highway is in temporary condition, and although the highway is paved, the lanes are narrow and some areas do not have shoulders. The speed limit has been reduced in some areas for the safety of the traveling public.

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Damage Description

US 34 sustained damage in various places between mile markers 65 and 83, with entire sections of the roadway washed away in some locations. Construction crews are working from both the west side and the east side to assess the extent of damage and provide temporary local access wherever possible.

To see more about what contractor Kiewit did to help repair US 34, watch this video.

Planned Repairs

Kiewit Construction crews continue to work seven days a week to repair the US 34 corridor from both the Estes Park and Loveland ends of the canyon. Work to establish the pioneer road continues to the east toward Cedar Cove. On the Loveland side of the project, crews are repairing walls and placing concrete to fill in missing sections of roadway.

Traffic Impacts

Flaggers will be alternating one of lane of traffic through the work zones from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for debris removal, shoulder work, striping, seeding, and other project completion work.  Delays up to 10 minutes can be expected.

Throughout the duration of construction, cyclists are not permitted on U.S. 34 within the work zones, and several trail access points will be closed for safety.  Other flood-impacted highways will remain open for cyclists, who ride at their own risk and are urged to ride using extra caution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a printable version of the FAQs.

Now that the highway is open will there still be work going on in the area?

Kiewit Construction will still be doing some work along the highway in December. This work includes installing drainage inlets, cleaning out culverts, removing debris from the Debris Management Site just east of Drake, putting lane delineators in place and installing signs.


When will the permanent highway improvements be made to US 34?

It will likely be two to three years before the permanent highway improvements are made.


Are the bridges that provide access to properties off of US 34 being rebuilt?

Kiewit Construction’s scope of work was limited to repairing US 34. For more information on the reconstruction of local Larimer County bridges, visit and click on the link to road closures and construction delays.


When will repairs be made to County Road 43?

For updated information on the status of repairs to County Road 43 visit and click on the link to 2013 flood recovery information and then open the bulletin on road repair information. This bulletin is updated weekly.

Project Hotline

If you have questions or concerns, please send us an email at or leave a message on the project hotline at 800-536-4403. We will respond within 24 hours.

Media Contacts

Jared Fiel
CDOT Communications Office