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U.S. 34 in Big Thomp­son Canyon was closed to through traf­fic from Oc­to­ber 2016 through May, and will close again in Oc­to­ber through May 2018 to com­plete flood-re­cov­ery work well ahead of the 10 years the Colorado De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion thought it would take.

Dur­ing a tour of the work com­pleted so far, CDOT re­gional di­rec­tor Johnny Ol­son cred­ited con­gres­sional fund­ing for the progress.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner on Fri­day got a first­hand look at what that fed­eral spend­ing has been able to cre­ate: a road that is re­designed in some spots, re­in­forced in many oth­ers and re­struc­tured to en­sure there will be at least one lane avail­able for emer­gency use through the canyon should a huge flood hap­pen again.

Ol­son said Kiewit In­fra­struc­ture was able to ap­ply tech­niques used to strengthen dams to for­tify the road­way in ar­eas such as The Nar­rows to cre­ate a hard­ened roadbed that will re­sist flood­wa­ters.

“This is a re­siliency plat­form that we look at in terms of in­no­va­tion,” Ol­son said.

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