Full Closure Of US 34 Expected To Last Until March 15th
The full closure of US 34 east of Estes Park for bridge replacement began at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 4th (meaning Wednesday into Thursday), weather permitting. The closure will be in place for approximately 12 days until the evening of Monday, March 15th.
During the closure, motorists will be detoured to US 36 through Lyons and over to US 287. Alternate routes on local or county roads will be available, but are not recommended. These roads have lower speed limits, no shoulders, and are more winding with switchbacks and much steeper grades. Chains or adequate snow tires may also be required at any time. Larimer County Road 43 (Glen Haven Road) will not accommodate vehicles over 40 feet in length due to steep grades and switchbacks. For more information about the closure and the project, visit www.coloradodot.info/projects/us-34-truss-bridges and view the frequently asked questions.
Please be advised that the full closure of US 34 could change depending on weather.
Following the second closure, crews will have some minor work to complete. Between the middle of March and the middle of May, crews will install the remaining drainage structures and pave the roadway in asphalt. The paving cannot take place until warmer temperatures return. Other minor work includes staining the concrete on the new bridges and installing the guardrail. During the last two months of construction, motorists can expect single-lane alternating traffic during daytime hours, Monday through Friday.
For more information about the project, visit www.coloradodot.info/projects/us-34-truss-bridges or call 970-685-0229. For frequently asked questions, visit the project Web site.
SEMA Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $3.8 million project scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day 2010.