US 34 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study

Project Background

US 34 is a critical east-west transportation link for northern Colorado's large and growing communities. Development along US 34 is increasing travel demand and necessitating the need to improve safety for users, reduce congestion and improve mobility.

CDOT is assessing various improvement opportunities on US 34 to address these needs. Identifying effective transportation improvements through the US 34 PEL Study is a top priority for CDOT's northeast Colorado region (Region 4) and its local government partners.

Purpose & Need

The purpose of highway improvements is to preserve US 34 as a vital east-west regional transportation corridor. Improvements will link and move people, goods and information reliably, and adapt to future travel demands and funding opportunities.

Highway improvements are needed to:

  • Increase safety.
  • Accommodate increased travel and tourism demands and maintain the economic vitality of the region.
  • Increase reliability of east-west regional travel, while balancing local access, mobility and freight needs.

Successful alternatives will:

  • Be compatible with the natural and human environment.
  • Support community land use and aesthetics goals.
  • Be fiscally responsible and implementable.

PEL Intent

CDOT is focused on developing a clear and supported plan of action for US 34. The PEL study aims to reach consensus among stakeholders for the vision, phasing and financing of transportation solutions on US 34, building upon past studies and projects in the area.

PEL Components

The expected outcome of this PEL study will be an implementation plan that identifies short-term, mid-term, and long-term safety and mobility improvements that can be constructed immediately and into the future. The implementation plan will be developed with corridor communities and other interested stakeholders, who will help prioritize and identify funding sources for recommended improvements.

Concurrently, CDOT will recommend and develop portions of the corridor for Access Control Plan implementation.

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