US 34: Highway open from Estes Park to Drake for residents only; Work continues to repair highway

ESTES PARK, Colo. - Highway repair crews are making progress on US 34 between Estes Park and Drake.

On Sunday, the Colorado Department of Transportation opened the roadway for canyon residents to come and go at any time.

While the general public is not allowed on the roadway yet, this is significant progress for families in Drake.

CDOT said drivers will need a rear view mirror tag to get through the road block in Estes Park.

US 34 sustained heavy damage between mile markers 65 and 83 during the flooding in September.

"By the end of this month crews plan to have a pioneer road all the way to Cedar Cove to enable those residents to get to Estes Park," CDOT officials said on their flood update page. "There is still no access to the canyon from the Loveland side and no timetable for when residents in the 'narrows' section of the canyon might be able to access US 34."

Learn more about work in Big Thompson Canyon on the CDOT website: http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-34-big-thompson-canyon-1

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