KUSA - Construction crews are working through the day and night to rebuild Colorado's flood-damaged highways. One month after the flooding, the Colorado Department of Transportation says it has reopened 20 flood-damaged highways. Several roadways remain closed.
CDOT officials say their raw materials suppliers have kept up with the demands of these monumental projects. On State Highway 119, road crews laid nine million pounds of riprap rocks to stabilize the roadway, and rolled out 800,000 pounds of asphalt to repave the road.
In some of the worst-damaged areas, rivers shifted out of their banks. CDOT is now moving the waters back to their original channels, for now, to get the temporary repairs done.
"As we look longer term and more permanently, we are going to work with river experts to assist us on how do we do these permanent fixes to make things better," CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said.
CDOT has set up specific times for property owners in flood zones to get through the construction areas. Ford says the time restrictions are for safety reasons, and if unauthorized people come into the construction zones "our crews shut down work, which, of course, delays repairs."
Ford says she is confident crews can meet their Dec. 1 deadline to have temporary roads open in all flood-damaged areas.
"It's an absolute commitment we are making to the public and we will do it," Ford said.
Ongoing CDOT Flood Repair Closures
• SH 72 (Indiana Street) between 72nd Avenue and 80th Avenue
• SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119 in Coal Creek Canyon
• US 34 between CR 27 and Estes Park
• US 34 Business between 20th Street to US 34 Mainline in Greeley
• US 36 between SH 66 and Estes Park
• SH 7 between Lyons and Raymond
• SH 66 westbound at US 36 - no travel into Lyons
• SH 144 between U.S. 34 and Weldona
CDOT is posting updates about flood-related projects on its website.
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