Convoy of badly needed road-repair equipment rolls over Trail Ridge Rd. to flood-ravaged Estes Park
A nine-vehicle convoy, including tractor trailers and a truck-mounted rock-crusher, crossed Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, bringing vital equipment to repair flood-ravaged roads in Estes Park on 9/25/2013.
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ESTES PARK, Colo. - A nine-vehicle convoy, including tractor trailers and a truck-mounted rock-crusher, crossed Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park Wednesday. It brought vital equipment to repair flood-ravaged roads in Estes Park.
The extra-wide convoy stretched nearly three football fields in length as it traveled 65 miles from Granby to Estes Park, said park spokesman Larry Frederick. Trail Ridge Road was closed to the public during the morning operation.
The rock-crusher will be used by the Town of Estes Park to create a badly needed road base for damaged roads.
State highway officials say the historic flooding caused unprecedented destruction to Colorado roads and bridges, with heavy damage in the Estes Park area.
A second, shorter convoy will traverse the park on Thursday morning bringing the final loads of equipment to Estes Park.
The road damage in Larimer and Boulder counties includes:
- 85 percent of U.S. 34 is a total loss
- 50 percent of Highway 7 is a total loss
- 40 percent of U.S. 36 is a total loss
- 20 percent of Highway 119 is a total loss
The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to have temporary roads on badly damaged mountain highways in place by Dec. 1, after flooding rendered them impassable.
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