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US 34 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study

US 34 PEL Public Meetings May 23 and 30

The Colorado Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings regarding the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of US 34.

The first public meeting will be May 23 at the City of Evans Riverside Library and Cultural Center Banquet Hall at 3700 Golden Street, Evans, Colorado 80620 from 5-7 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. The second public meeting will be May 30 at the Embassy Suites Loveland at 4705 Clydesdale Parkway from 5-7 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 pm.  

The purpose of the public meeting is to inform and gather input from the public on the US 34 PEL study, vision for the corridor, and potential alternatives. The study focuses on the US 34 corridor from west of Loveland in Larimer County to the east of Greeley in Weld County. One outcome of the PEL study will be an implementation plan which addresses safety and mobility needs in the US 34 corridor and identifies immediate and long-term projects. The project team will be presenting roadway, intersection, and interchange alternatives that support the corridor vision.

Maps, displays, and members of the project team will be available at the public meetings. All materials from the meetings will be posted to this site. If you have general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project, you may email us at [email protected]

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.

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. The need for corridor improvements to support the increases in development and travel demand has resulted in safety concerns at intersections and other locations along the US 34 corridor.
  • Accommodate increased travel and tourism demands to maintain the economic vitality of the region. Northern Colorado communities are among the fastest growing in the nation. Growth has spurred economic benefits and provides funding to improve infrastructure and amenities that make these communities desirable.
  • Increase reliability of east-west regional travel, while balancing local access, mobility and freight needs. Traffic congestion can dampen the benefits of job growth and recreation opportunities that the region provides to new and long- time residents.

Successful alternatives will:

  • Be compatible with the natural and human environment.
  • Support community land use and aesthetics goals.
  • Be fiscally responsible and implementable.
  • Reduce risk and increase reliability.
  • Accommodate emerging technology.

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.

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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