Colorado flood recovery: Colorado 7 and US 34 are only damaged highways that remain closed

Hope to reopen by Dec. 1

The Colorado Department of Transportation says it is on track to reopen all of Colorado’s damaged highways by December 1.

Officials said out of the 485 highway miles damaged or destroyed in the September flooding, only 32 highway miles remain closed.

The two remaining closures are State Highway 7 and U.S. 34.

Twelve miles of SH 7 is closed from Lyons to Raymond.

About 20 miles of U.S. 34 remains closed between Loveland and Estes Park.

In the last two weeks, CDOT crews and military personnel finished enough repair work to reopen U.S. 36 from Lyons to Estes Park and Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon, allowing those roads to reopen.

CDOT said crews working on SH 72 removed 2,400 cubic yards of debris and placed more than 16,400 tons of fill, 3,875 tons of base course, 3,000 tons of asphalt, 500 feet of reinforced pipe and 10,100 tons of rip rap and rock.

While 72 is open, there is more work to be done on culverts and shoulders in the area. Drivers may see lane closures Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The Colorado Department of Transportation and local partners are making tremendous progress in restoring full access to communities impacted by the floods,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

Colorado’s flood reconstruction management team said 100 percent of impacted dams and bridges have been inspected, 90 percent of oil spills have been inspected and 65 percent of damaged homes have been inspected.

Of the more than 18,000 people evacuated during the flooding, officials said only 139 families remain in temporary housing provided via the Temporary Sheltering Assistance program.
 

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