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Public meetings planned to update flood recovery efforts

October 14, 2014 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Crews begin a variety of construction activities along US 34 and SH 7.

ESTES PARK/LOVELAND/LYONS – With the reconstruction of US 36 nearing completion, geotechnical surveying crews getting ready to start and planning efforts just beginning for US 34 and  SH 7, the Colorado Department of Transportation is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the status of each project.

The first meeting, scheduled to take place in Loveland on Tuesday, Oct. 21, will focus solely on the reconstruction of US 34 between Loveland and Estes Park. This reconstruction project is in the early planning stages and construction will begin in 2015. This meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Thompson School District Administration Building, 800 S. Taft Ave., in Loveland.

Later that same week, CDOT officials will host a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Estes Park Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue in Estes Park on Thursday, Oct. 23.

This meeting will provide an update US 36 construction, address efforts to rebuild US 34 between Estes Park and Loveland, as well as SH 7 both upper (Estes Park to Raymond) and lower (Raymond to Lyons). Field work on SH 7 lower and US 34 is slated to start this month with utility and ROW investigations, environmental data collection and geotechnical surveying to assess the ground conditions along US 34 and SH 7. This work will require periodic, temporary single lane closures on US 34 and SH 7 for about one month with flaggers assisting traffic along the highway. Updates on US 34 and US 36 will also be discussed.

Permanent reconstruction of SH 7 will be the focus of a third public meeting at Lyons High School on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. Lyons High School is located at 100 McConnell Drive.

Through a variety of stakeholder partnerships including, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, River Coalitions, US Forest Service and local jurisdictions, CDOT is committed to rebuild these state roads and evaluate opportunities for greater resiliency.

For more information on CDOT’s Flood Recovery projects, visit www.coloradodot.info/project/floodrelatedprojects or call 720-263-1589.

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