DENVER - The Colorado Department of Transportation says 120 of its bridges need repairs after the deadly and damaging flooding last month, but not a single state bridge was destroyed.
State officials inspected 411 bridges on the state highway system that were potentially impacted by recent flooding in northeast and eastern Colorado.
- 120 bridges were found to be stable, but in need of repair (of those, 27 remain closed)
- 291 bridges are currently open with no need for repairs (of those, 8 remain closed)
- 0 bridges were destroyed
"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."
CDOT said two inspection teams have been determining the impact the floods had on the bridges. They examined bridge piers, trusses and girders, as well as the bridge decks.
Thirty-five state bridges remain closed. They are:
- SH 7 from Lyons to Estes Park, 6 bridges (all damaged)
- SH 72 in Coal Creek Canyon, 4 bridges (all damaged)
- US 34 from Loveland to Estes Park, 19 bridges (11 damaged, 8 are not)
- US 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, 6 bridges (all damaged)
These statistics do not include city and county bridges. CDOT inspectors are working with city and county engineers to assess damage on over 800 bridges off the state system.
Updates on the road closures can be found on the CDOT website: http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/floodrelatedprojects