Governor Credits P3s for All Flood-Damaged Colorado Roads Opening Before Dec. 1 Deadline

November 22, 2013

The last two Colorado highways closed by the September floods will be back in business ahead of the Dec. 1 deadline set by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

U.S. 34 in Big Thompson Canyon re-opens to traffic Thursday, allowing drivers to go from Loveland to Estes Park after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Then, Colorado 7 between Lyons and Allenspark re-opens at 10 a.m Nov. 26. That 13-mile stretch is the last of 27 highways damaged or destroyed by the flooding to reopen, state transportation officials say.

"This is a big step for us and now we can move ahead with our partners and explore ways to make our roads better in the future," Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Amy Ford said.

Hickenlooper credited government-private partnerships for the quick fixes that will get people back into their communities.

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