Highway 34 into Estes Park closing Monday

Flooding in Big Thompson Canyon, Sept. 2013. (Photo: CDOT)

Flooding in Big Thompson Canyon, Sept. 2013. (Photo: CDOT)

Those planning a trip to Estes Park, Colo., and/or Rocky Mountain National Park should note that Highway 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon will close Monday and will not reopen until Memorial Day 2017. The highway was severely damaged in September 2013 flooding and repairs at the time were considered temporary. Construction this winter will include blasting through the mountain in one place to eliminate a sharp bend in the road that washed out in both 2013 and 1976 flooding.

For those traveling to Estes from northern Colorado, Highway 34 is normally the shortest route. They will now have to detour to the south and take Highway 36 from Lyons. CDOT says that will add only 15 minutes to the drive.

Canyon residents will be issued permits for limited access.



Categories: Colorado floods 2013, Green, Rocky Mtn Natl Park

9 replies

  1. Thanks for the timely warning PT. saved me a wasted trip XD

  2. A friend of mine worked on that road. He simply could not believe the damage.

  3. YEA! About time – such damage! Parts of some roads were stillscary.
    We were surprise how much road construction was going on all around the area on the back roads last summer. Added a bit to the travel times, we had to constantly be checking what routes were going to be affected and when But didn’t complain a bit about waiting to take turns alternating lanes in some areas. Just glad crews were making use of good weather to fix wht they could.

    • Brave of you to go through an area with so much construction and delay. I haven’t driven through that canyon since I just missed the ’76 flood there. Was leaving Estes and exited via the canyon. The flood swept through later the same day. It’s all the reason I need to avoid that road, but then, it’s not the most direct route for me anyway.

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