Kiewit Infrastructure Co. selected to bring permanent repairs to US 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon

June 12, 2015 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Loveland – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced they have selected Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (Kiewit) as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) team to bring permanent repairs to a 23-mile section of US 34 between Estes Park and Loveland, damaged by floods in 2013.

The Kiewit team will be tasked with meeting Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2013 directive to “build back better than before.”

This selection comes following a rigorous procurement process. The Kiewit team was shortlisted in May 2015 along with other CM/GC teams from Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, LLC and Ames Construction.

“We’re thrilled to announce the selection of Kiewit to build this landmark project for the state of Colorado,” said Johnny Olson, CDOT Regional Transportation Director. “We would have been fortunate to have any of the three teams building this project, but in the end, Kiewit’s proposal, experience in the corridor and expertise with projects of this magnitude made them the perfect fit.”

Following the floods of 2013, CDOT enlisted Kiewit to bring temporary, emergency repairs to US 34.

“Kiewit completed those repairs in 59 days – 10 days ahead of the Governor’s December 1st deadline,” said Scott Ellis, CDOT Project Director.  “Now it’s time to go back and turn those temporary fixes into permanent repairs. After doing such an outstanding job in 2013, we were excited to see their proposal for the permanent repairs.  They did not disappoint, showcasing how they will help us meet our project goals.”

Those goals include:

  • Building a safe system that meets the needs of the traveling public and stakeholders

  • Building a more resilient roadway in harmony with the river and ecological systems

  • Coordinating and collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders to maximize mutual benefits, goals and outcomes and to ensure that corridor improvements that are compatible with one another don’t preclude future investments

  • Completing the roadway project by the end of 2017

  • Maximizing system improvements within the allotted project budget

  • Minimizing life cycle maintenance costs and provide a quality product

  • Implementing an effective public outreach and communication plan

  • Minimizing inconvenience to the public and residents along the corridor, and maximize safety for workers, residents and the public

“Kiewit is proud of the work that we did on the Flood Repair in 2013,” said Will White, Kiewit Project Manager.” We look forward to finishing the permanent repairs and continuing our relationships with CDOT and the Big Thompson Canyon community.”

Now that Kiewit has been selected as the CM/GC team, Ellis expects to have the team on-board in mid-July with the initial Notice to Proceed (NTP). Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2015 once design is complete.


Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Kiewit had 2014 revenues of $10.4 billion and employs 25,700 staff and craft employees.

PROJECT INFORMATION: With estimated construction costs of greater than $100 million, US 34 Big Thompson Canyon permanent repairs project will include removing and replacing much of the temporary asphalt, embankment fill and temporary channel protection put in place in late 2013 as part of the temporary repair process. The permanent repair project will also involve:

  • Repairing bridges and retaining walls

  • Making the roadway more resilient to flood damage by moving the alignment onto more solid bedrock (where appropriate), elevating the roadway if necessary, and/or armoring the riverbanks to help protect the roadway

  • Restoring the roadway to pre-flood conditions with full-width travel lanes and shoulders

  • Replacing guardrails

  • Re-vegetating areas

Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2015 and be complete by the end of 2017.

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