Highway 34 and Estes Valley Businesses may be eligible for Recover Colorado Grants due to road reconstruction

As the State of Colorado and local partners work to rebuild roads and restore watersheds to better withstand future disaster, businesses may experience economic impact from road closures.

The Recover Colorado business grant program provides up to $50,000 for eligible businesses unmet need. These funds supplement previous funds, making it possible for a a business to receive up to $50,000 for disaster losses and a separate additional grant of up to $50,000 for ongoing losses caused by these new road closures (Highway 34 and other roads with restricted access for disaster related reconstruction). Additionally, businesses that may not have received a grant for flood disaster damage can still be eligible for the economic shortfall due to road closures.

The Recover Colorado Disaster Relief Program offers grants and loans funding via:

  • Grants of up to $50,000 ($75,000 for entities with multiple impacted locations)
  • Loans of up to $100,000 with favorable terms.

A full closure of US 34 between mile points 77 and 80 will begin Monday, Oct. 17, and be in place until the start of the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. Until then, this three-mile section of the canyon will be closed to through traffic. US 34 will remain open to drivers east of mile point 80 (near Cedar Cove) and west of mile point 77 (just east of Drake).

The only through access on US 34 from Oct. 17 until next Memorial Day weekend will be for canyon residents through a permit process. Permitted vehicles will be allowed through the canyon from 6 - 8:30 a.m. and 4 - 7 p.m. each day.

Estes Park EDC will partner with Larimer SBDC to assist local businesses with the grant application process.For inquiries or to apply contact:

  • Mike O’Connell at Larimer County SBDC: 970-215-2300 or mike@larimersbdc.org
  • Jon Nicholas or Adam Shake at Estes Park EDC: 970-577-1031 or jnicholas@estesparkedc.com or ashake@estesparkedc.com
  • Mary Ann Huffines, Loveland BDC: maryann@lovelandbusiness.com
  • Susan House, OEDIT Program Manager: 303-892-3815 or 970-400-5331 susan.house@state.co.us
  • www.estesparkedc.com/recover-colorado-disaster-recovery