DENVER - In the next day or two we should have a better idea of when certain highways and roadways will be reopened in Colorado, after this month's devastating floods crippled them.
The Colorado Department of Transportation already has its own crews, as well as paid contractors and more than 600 National Guardsmen out rebuilding the damaged bridges and roads right now.
CDOT said it's still certain every road and highway will be passable by December 1. CDOT said the major trouble spots are in the mountains, where some roadways are 85 percent damaged, including Highway 34.
"We are talking about reconnecting communities temporarily. What we recognize with that short time frame is what we can get done. So, whether this is temporary bridges, temporary roadways, such as safe and passable gravel roads, slightly alternate detours, whatever it can take to reconnect these communities, that's going to be our priority," CDOT Spokesperson Amy Ford said.
CDOT is requesting $500 million in federal aid to repair any damaged highway or roadway.
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