CDOT: 120 bridges damaged by Colorado flooding
A damaged road east of Greeley Sept. 19, 2013.
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation has completed its review of 491 bridges affected by widespread flooding in the state last month and has determined that 120 need repairs.
None of the state’s bridges were destroyed by the flooding, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.
“Early in the flooding it had initially appeared as though some of the bridges may have been destroyed when viewing aerial photography,” said Josh Laipply, CDOT State Bridge Engineer. “Once our inspectors got on the ground and into the more damaged sites, it became apparent that much of the damage was on the roadways approaching the bridges and that the structures, while needing repair, were still stable. There were a number of bridges owned by cities, counties and even private individuals that are off the state highway system that were reported early on.”
CDOT had two inspection teams looking at bridges after the flood waters receded.
Ford said the teams looked at bridge piers, girders and decks among other items.
Several highways remain closed because of damaged bridges.
They include (Click the link for a map of bridge locations):
- SH 7 from Lyons to Estes Park where 6 bridges need repairs
- SH 72 in Coal Creek Canyon where 4 bridges need repairs
- US 34 from Loveland to Estes Park where 11 bridges need repairs
- US 36 from Lyons to Estes Park where 6 bridges need repairs.
Ford said CDOT inspectors continue to work with cities and counties to assess damage to over 800 bridges outside the state system.