- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Department of Transportation will close a 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 34 for nine months so it can perform rock-blasting and construction work.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/1UaW0eV ) that CDOT announced Monday that the highway will be closed between Estes Park and Loveland from late October to June 2017. Permitted vehicles, including Big Thompson Canyon residents, will have daily access that stretch of highway during certain hours.

Transportation officials will be repairing damage from the floods that devastated the canyon in 2013.

The agency is also planning short-duration lane closures and traffic stops beginning July 4. CDOT officials say the work will add about 20 to 30 minutes to a trip through the canyon.

CDOT says it chose the off-season to minimize the impact on tourism and business.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com


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