In an unprecedented display of municipal fortitude and wherewithal, Colorado DOT has just announced that US 34 is now open west of Loveland through the Big Thompson Canyon to Estes Park. US 34 suffered severe damage in the September flooding and is considered a critical route to Estes Park, along with US 36 which was also reopened this month. In a recent missive from the CDOT website, Gov. John Hickenlooper commented on the massive repair effort. “The united effort of the Colorado Department of Transportation and its road repair partners has been remarkable,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “After the flooding, we faced the daunting task of restoring 485 miles of damaged or destroyed highways. CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, the National Guard and local governments have worked round the clock to reconnect Colorado communities.” Read more here.
This is great news for people who have been isolated from their homes along Big Thompson Canyon, and also for those traveling from Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and other areas. Needless to say we are pleased that folks will be able to return to their homes, but our thoughts and prayers are with those still displaced by the flooding.
It also makes driving to the Y easier for folks in those areas, meaning our family lodging is back to being just as accessible as it was before the flooding. We welcome families who need a relaxing getaway after the trails natural disasters.