CU Denver students help inspect flood-damaged bridges

DENVER — Along  Cherry Creek, there are 22 foot bridges, many of which were damaged by high waters from last week’s flood. CU Denver engineering students are helping the city inspect the bridges for any structural damage, by doing hands-on exams.

“We don’t always get a chance to get out of the classroom,” said Eric Petrie, a junior. “This allows us to get real experience working with professionals and it looks good on our resumes when it comes time to looking for a job.”

In the entire Denver parks system, there are more than 800 bridges from the city to mountain parks. The hope is that there won’t be very substantial damage even tho the creek was flowing high last week through the city. These students are helping the city and helping themselves gain much needed real-time experience as they take the classroom to the creek.