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US 34 east of Brush to close for 4 days for railroad crossing work starting next week

June 29, 2021 - Northeastern Colorado

BRUSH – The Colorado Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will pave and repair two U.S. Highway 34 railroad crossings east of the City of Brush next week. Work activities involve excavating across US 34 and installing new tracks. A full highway closure is necessary for four days to complete this work. 

Starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, US 34 will be closed between Edmunds Street and Colorado Highway 71 (South), just east of Brush. The closure will be in place 24/7 for four days. Local access to properties on either side of the tracks will be provided. Access across the tracks will not be possible while work is underway. US 34 is expected to reopen by Friday evening, July 9.

The signed detour route will direct traffic around the work zone as follows:

  • Eastbound US 34 traffic will be directed north on CO 71 (North)/Colorado Avenue, east on County Road S/Mill Street, and south on County Road 29

  • Westbound US 34 and northbound SH 71 traffic will detour north on County Road 29, west on County Road S/Mill Street, proceed to CO 71/Colorado Avenue and either turn south to reach westbound US 34 or north to stay on CO 71.

The railroad crossing east of Brush is the last section of US 34 to be improved along the 14-mile corridor between I-76 and US 6. In May, Martin Marietta paved a one-mile section of US 34 in Fort Morgan, locally known as West Platte Avenue, between Acco Road and Main Street (Colorado Highway 52).

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Weekly updates are available on the project web page.

Stay Informed

For additional information about this project, contact the project team. 

Project hotline: 970-427-4005

Project email: [email protected]

Project web page: https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-us-34-fort-morgan-brush-resurfacing

Construction alerts: Text CONSTRUCT to 21000

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts, anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.

  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.

  • Be patient!

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