Photos by Leisa Spence
Starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, May 26th, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will completely close US 34 between Estes Park and Drake for rockfall mitigation work. Crews will be blasting rock near milepost 75, which is the location of the May 21st rockslide.
“We conducted some blasting and rock scaling on Saturday following the rockslide, but we have more work to do higher up on the slope,” said CDOT Rockfall Specialist Ty Ortiz. “There are several large rocks that we will bring down tomorrow to further stabilize the slope.”
To complete the work, crews will have to shutdown US 34 for most of the day. During the closure, US 34 motorists will be detoured through Lyons along US 287, State Highway 66 and US 36. Glen Haven Road will also remain open.
CDOT hopes to reopen US 34 by 4 p.m. tomorrow; however, the reopening is dependent upon how much material is brought down in the rockfall mitigation process. Following blasting operations, crews will have to clean up any material brought down and patch the roadway.
Information will be released tomorrow once the highway reopens or if the schedule changes.