The drive to Estes Park from Northern Colorado is about to get longer.

U.S. Highway 34, the scenic road that winds through the Big Thompson Canyon, will close to through-traffic Monday.

The highway between Loveland and Estes Park was devastated by the 2013 flood, and sections of the road have consistently washed out. So, the Colorado Department of Transportation set out to make permanent repairs.

They chose a full closure to kick off the repairs to expedite the process, rather than a partial closure that would have taken longer.

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