Rock Slide In Highway 34 Canyon
UPDATE – US Hwy 34 between Loveland and Estes Park is open to traffic.
Friday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m., about a dozen rocks fell onto US 34 at milepost 75, just west of Drake. Initially, US 34 was closed in both directions between Estes Park and milepost 75. CDOT maintenance crews quickly began working to repair minor damage to the roadway.
US 34 just west of Drake remained closed overnight due to this rockfall event as the slope where the rocks came from was determined to be unstable and crews were unable to thoroughly assess its safety in the dark.
By Saturday afternoon crews had completed rockfall mitigation by blasting and scaling loose rock. Approximately 500 cubic yards of material came down in the mitigation efforts today. Crews are now beginning the cleanup process and roadway repairs.
CDOT anticipates that more rockfall mitigation will need to take place early next week, which may require additional closures of US 34. More information on the additional work will be released on Monday.