West Platte Avenue (US 34) paving starts next week in Fort Morgan

May 7, 2021 - Northeastern Colorado

FORT MORGAN – Asphalt milling and paving on U.S. Highway 34 will start next week in Fort Morgan. The work zone is limited to a one-mile stretch of US 34, locally known as West Platte Avenue, between Acco Road and Main Street (Colorado Highway 52). 

West Platte Avenue will remain open during resurfacing work. Travelers should expect daily lane closures and brief traffic holds at intersections and driveways while equipment passes through to ensure product quality and safe operations. Temporary rough riding surfaces and uneven lanes may be present until paving is complete. All paving work and final lane striping is expected to be finished by Memorial Day.

Resurfacing work is limited to the section of highway where the City of Fort Morgan recently completed water line upgrades. “We invested heavily in the US 34 corridor last construction season by repairing four bridges, resurfacing 24 lane-miles with new asphalt and reconstructing five blocks in downtown Brush. We’re looking forward to completing work in Fort Morgan. This is the last section to be resurfaced along the 14-mile corridor between Interstate 76 and U.S. Highway 6,” said CDOT regional Transportation Director Heather Paddock. 

Other remaining work planned on US 34 this season includes mailbox post replacements, guardrail installation at several structures and repairs to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway crossings east of the City of Brush. All construction activities are expected to be complete this season.  

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!

About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.