U.S. Highway 34 Construction Updates (Loveland to Estes Park)

Fall & Winter 2017-18
  • Closure began October 2 and be complete May 24, 2018, permits will be required during this time
Summer 2018
  • Intermittent traffic delays for finishing work, paving through October 2018 - Not full closure
  • Off roadway river work through December 2018 - Not full closure

Additional construction details and updates can be found on the CDOT website

Distance and Travel Times for Alternate Routes (times may vary with traffic):

Loveland to Estes via I-25: 65 minutes, 50.5 miles


Central Loveland to Estes via  CO Hwy 287 to US Hwy 36:  59 minutes, 45 miles

US 34 Talking Points & Local News

  • US Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park is currently closed, and will reopen in Spring 2018. 
  • The additional mileage and travel time for the closure detours through Lyons are very minimal:
    • Only 14 additional miles and only 11 additional minutes from the center of Loveland.
    • Only 17 miles and 14 minutes longer from I-25 in Loveland.
    • See the maps above for route options and details.
  • While this process is a major reconstruction, we have confidence that CDOT and Kiewit Construction will efficiently manage this project and reopen the highway as quickly as possible.

As the project now starts to turn to the construction phase, we want to also call your attention to these new project information resources so you can program them into your devices:

Information hotline number: 970-667-1005
Email address:

Visit Estes Park will continue to monitor public conversations around this topic on social media, digital platforms and through guest interactions. We will work continuously throughout the construction process to correct any misconceptions and counter negative press. If you encounter erroneous, negative or concerning comments or information, please send it to Visit Estes Park.