Upcoming Closures Of US 34
On Thursday, January 14th, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted an informational public meeting regarding the upcoming closures of US 34 just east of Estes Park. The meeting was held in the Board Room at the Municipal Building Facilities for the Town of Estes Park.
The full closures of US 34 are necessary in order to demolish and replace the two bridges on US 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon between milepost 65.4 and 66.3. The first closure is scheduled to take place at the upper bridge located at milepost 65.4 from February 1st through February 12th. The second closure will take place at the lower bridge located at milepost 66.3 from March 1st through March 12th. The dates of the closures could still change depending on weather.
“We realize that the closures will significantly impact motorists and residents who travel US 34 on a daily basis, but both bridges are over 70-years old and are in poor condition,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Scott Ellis. “The only way to replace these steel truss bridges is to completely demolish and replace them, which is exactly what will take place during each 12-day period.”
The informational meeting provided residents and motorists with an update on the project as well as additional information on the closures. Attendees had the opportunity to speak with representatives from CDOT and its contractor and ask any questions.
“This was a great opportunity to learn more about the project and how the closures may impact you,” added Ellis.
For more information about the project, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/us-34-truss-bridges.
SEMA Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $3.8 million project scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day 2010.