LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Highway 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon will be closed between Loveland and Estes Park for nine months starting in October.

Thirty miles will be closed. The permanent repairs are being made after devastating flooding three years ago.

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People who live in the area will have to travel with Colorado Department of Transportation crews in and out of the canyon.

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“This fall when travel is restricted to canyon residents, only drivers displaying the requisite vehicle permit will be allowed to follow pilot cars in either the eastbound or westbound direction between Drake and Cedar Cove,” CDOT said in a statement.

Additional Information From CDOT

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For updates to this project, the public may call (720) 263-1589 or visit To sign up for “CDOT Alerts” on projects in your chosen area, visit CDOT’s website at and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Or, to see CDOT’s lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit Major CDOT project updates are also available via, Twitter @coloradodot or Facebook.