- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Construction is starting on a permanent road and bridge along a stretch of U.S. 34 east of Greeley washed out by last year’s flooding.

The $22 million project is needed because the floods changed the course of the South Platte River. A temporary two-lane road was built around the side of the flooded portion of the old road, called the “big hole” by locals.

A new four-lane road along with the bridge will now be built over the river that should be able to withstand future storms.

Gov. John Hickenlooper attended a groundbreaking event for the project on Friday.

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