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News Release

Officials tour flood-repaired roads and structures

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jul 14, 2017

Contact Information:

Michelle Bird, Public Affairs Manager, [970] 498-7015, mbird@larimer.org


Senator Gardner, CDOT Region 4 Director Johnny Olson, Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Max and Commissioner Tom Donnelly view the dramatic resiliency work that is being done to improve the safety of Hwy 34 up the Big Thompson Canyon.

 Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation today toured U.S. Highway 34 that was damaged by the 2013 flood.

The tour gave a first-hand look at repair progress on many of the roads, bridges and structures since federal funding was secured from Congress in December, 2016. Funding for these projects came from the Federal Highway Emergency Relief program. Without the funding, it could have taken up to 20 years to repair all the roads and bridges damaged by the flood.
 
“I enjoyed the opportunity today to tour the progress of repairs to US Highway 34 and see first-hand how the federal resources I helped secure impact Coloradans every day,” said Senator Gardner. “The Colorado Department of Transportation has been in close contact with my office since the devastating floods in 2013 and together we found a way to ensure the necessary federal funding was available to the state of Colorado to finish the project in a timely manner.”
 
U.S. 34 between Loveland and Estes Park was heavily damaged in the flood, cutting off a vital link between northern Colorado, and Estes Park, plus the many homes and small communities also connected to the highway by other roads. The new repairs to the highway include a design which makes the highway more resilient to withstand future flooding. Also, where possible, road widths have increased and sharp curves have been reduced.
 
The highway and its secondary roads are a critical economic link between Colorado’s Front Range, the Town of Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. “Due to the diligence of Senator Gardner and the rest of our Colorado Congressional Delegation, the residents of the Big Thompson Canyon and Estes Park will finally see some normalcy return to their lives following the floods of 2013,” said Commissioner Donnelly.
 
Larimer County has a rich agricultural and western heritage that is reflected in our commitment to a high quality of life and preservation of our natural areas.The County serves all residents and businesses through numerous community resources, infrastructure maintenance and updates, planning services, public records, human and economic health initiatives, and public safety.
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