State Highway 14 Completely Open through Poudre Canyon West of Ted's Place

July 9, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 and Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - State Highway 14 is now open west of Ted’s Place/US 287 intersection. Earlier today, crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) closed the highway when rainfall in the area caused some loose rocks and debris to come down on the highway.

In order to clean up the debris and keep motorists safe, the highway was closed but is now reopened for traffic in both directions. 

CDOT would like to remind motorists driving on state highways that with the recent wildfires throughout the state, the highways are at high risk for flooding, washouts, mudslides, and rocks/debris/trees being washed into the road. Although CDOT crews are performing ongoing roadway safety checks, motorists are reminded to reduce speeds and use extra caution to ensure their safety, especially during and after rain storms. The increased moisture in the burned area will lead to a continuously changing condition of the highway, as debris will travel down hillsides faster than usual to the roadway below.

Drivers should call Colorado State Patrol (CSP) dispatch to report any damage to highways that threatens public safety at 303-239-4501.

Motorists are also reminded that while the damage to residences and businesses within the burn zones was devastating, and so was the damage sustained to the land and wilderness area surrounding the highways. Wildlife will be on the move in greater abundance than usual and driers should be alert for wildlife crossing the roadway.