Colorado flooding; Highways closed along Front Range; I-25 under water near Ft. Collins

Colorado highway 72 in the Coal Creek Canyon has washed away with high flood waters. (CDOT photo)

(Denver, Colo.) – The Colorado Department of Transportation Friday posted on Facebook the following advisory: “Several l of our state highways have sustained significant damage as a result of the overnight rain and are currently closed. There are no ETAs for reopening at this time. We strongly encourage motorists to check highway closures before heading out on the highways at Please make safe choices – if you can’t see the roadway, don’t drive there!

We are keeping updated (including the 5-1-1 information line) but due to heavy volume it may load slowly. Our guy Royce took this video on US 34 near Estes Park, CO earlier today, and we hope it helps impress upon motorists the fact that these floods are very serious! If you can't see the roadway, don't try to drive through!

C-DOT is keeping updated (including the 5-1-1 information line) but due to heavy volume it may load slowly. Our guy Royce took this photo on US 34 near Estes Park, and we hope it helps impress upon motorists the fact that these floods are very serious! If you can’t see the roadway, don’t try to drive through! (C-DOT Photo)


Highway closures continue in areas of Denver, portions of northern Colorado and points west of the Front Range today due to flooding, and rock and mudslides.   

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 3.06.15 PMDue to the amount of saturation and possible unstable conditions of state highways, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) advises motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary in the following counties: Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin.

Weather and flooding in these counties will continue to impact roadways. Additionally, while a roadway may appear passable, those near water flow may have damage that may not be apparent. Many highways and bridges will remain closed as a precaution until crews are able to evaluate whether or not they are safe for use.

The following roadways are closed to traffic (both directions unless noted), with updated indicated by bold and italic font:

  • I-25 southbound from Wyoming border to SH 402 
  • I-25 northbound from State Highway (SH) 7 to SH 14
  • I-25 northbound /southbound ramps to State Highway 119
  • I-70 eastbound off-ramp to Quebec Street
  • I-70 eastbound off-ramp to southbound I-225
  • I-70 at Beaver Brook has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between US 6 and Hidden Valley. Traffic is in a head-to-head configuration in the eastbound lanes. Expect intermittent 20 minute traffic stops.
  • U.S. 6 (Vasquez Boulevard) between 60th Avenue and 74th Avenue – REOPENED 
  • U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park
  • U.S. 34 eastbound reduced to one lane in each direction from I-25 to Greeley 
  • U.S. 36 eastbound from Table Mesa Drive to 96th Street – REOPENED 
  • U.S. 36 between Boulder and Estes Park
  • US 85 from 42nd in Evans (MP 264.5) to County Road 44 in LaSalle (MP 258.5)
  • US 85 southbound at Wyoming for commercial vehicles
  • U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street
  • U.S. 287 in Fort Collins from MP 347 to MP 348
  • US 287 southbound at Wyoming for commercial vehicles
  • SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park
  • SH 8 between Morrison and U.S. 285
  • SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
  • SH 30 (Havana Street/Aurora) at Alameda Avenue
  • SH 44 (104th Avenue) at Riverdale Road
  • SH 52 eastbound from County Road (CR) 1 to U.S. 287
  • SH 60 at CR 46
  • SH 66 between 53rd Street (Longmont) and Lyons
  • SH 66 between CR 13 and CR 19
  • SH 72 between 72nd and 80th avenues
  • SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119 (Coal Creek Canyon)
  • SH 74 between CR 73 (Evergreen) and Morrison
  • SH 83 (Parker Road) between Florida and Jewell avenues
  • SH 93 between 64th Avenue and SH 128
  • SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland (Boulder Canyon)
  • SH 119 between County Line Road and I-25
  • SH 257 between SH 60/Milliken to US 34
  • SH 265 (Old Brighton Road) at Colorado Boulevard (Commerce City) – REOPENED
  • SH 402 US 287 to I-25

Again, CDOT is advising the public to avoid all travel on state highways and bridges in areas where excessive rain and flooding has occurred unless absolutely essential. Please note that the above listed closures are only for highways, and that cities, counties, and towns may have closed additional roads in your area!

Currently CDOT’s is experiencing technical difficulties.  

Contact 511 for complete closure information or CDOT Mobile. For a list of current closures, please visit the CDOT Facebook page “Notes” section Our partners at,,  will also be posting information.