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Coal Creek To Fully Reopen On Monday

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Road repair work in Coal Creek Canyon on Nov. 4, 2013 (credit: CBS)

Road repair work in Coal Creek Canyon on Nov. 4, 2013 (credit: CBS)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) – The flood-damaged highway in Coal Creek Canyon northwest of Denver is reopening.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says Colorado 72 will formally reopen on Monday.

Damage from the September floods forced the state to close the highway from the junction with Highway 93 to the junction with Colorado 119 near Nederland.

RELATED: Coal Creek Canyon Residents Frustrated By Continuing Closures

The floods killed nine people, damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes and washed out hundreds of miles of roads.

U.S. 36 between Lyons and Estes Park opened this week after temporary repairs to flood damage.

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