KUSA - Thirty state highway bridges have been destroyed by Colorado floods, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Twenty have severe damage. CDOT expects that number to go up.
Damages have not been assessed on many roadways, including U.S. Highway 34, Highway 72 and Highway 36. It is expected that they will have significant damage.
CDOT is working to prioritize which roads to repair fast. The organization hopes to do as much work as possible before winter weather begins in Colorado.
9 Wants to Know investigator Melissa Blasius spent Monday afternoon in Weld County and met with the state bridge engineer, Joshua Laipply.
Ten inspection crews are criss-crossing northern Colorado Monday to assess which bridges impacted by flooding are now safe to reopen.
Laipply describes their process as triage. Damages that can be repaired quickly and bridges that are on vital routes are first on the repair list. CDOT also has one portable bridge, but officials have not decided where that bridge will be placed.
Inspectors will return after the waters recede to complete a full assessment for damage repairs.
Hickenlooper said later at a news conference that many of the bridges, culverts and roadways that were damaged and destroyed were built a long time ago, and with federal assistance, the state could come away with a stronger infrastructure.
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