This information was provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation as of 9/24/13 at 3:00 pm. Click here for complete up-to-date information from CDOT.

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Where can I get information about specific bridges and highway closures?

For more information on flood closures and other information:

What are the current damage assessments?

Currently CDOT estimates approximately 30 bridges have been destroyed, 20 have serious damage and there are more roadways and bridges where the status is still unknown due to lack of access.

CDOT will soon issue a more complete initial damage assessment with cost estimates and information about how the agency will address ongoing response.

How will you keep us informed during ongoing response and recovery efforts?

CDOT will continue an extensive communications effort to keep the public apprised of our progress moving forward, including frequent website updates, stories through the media, public outreach efforts to discuss upcoming repairs and reconstruction.

Access

How can we get into Estes Park?

Restrictions have been lifted on the access route into Estes Park and the traveling public can access the community by taking State Highway (SH) 119 north from the Blackhawk/Central City area to Nederland to SH 72 north through Ward to SH 7 and then north to Estes Park through Allenspark.

I live in an area that has serious damage.  Can I get into my house?

There are escorted patrols on two state highways including SH 119 up Boulder Canyon to Nederland and US 34 from Granby to Estes Park for essential travel only.

Progress

What is CDOT doing to reopen highways?

Crews worked through the weekend and continue to work this week to assess road and bridge conditions and begin clean-up and repairs where possible.

CDOT has up to 30 crews conducting bridge, roadway and maintenance assessments throughout northern Colorado and the metro area.

How fast can CDOT begin repairs?

In order to begin the response effort, CDOT is currently in the process of obtaining three response teams to help construct the temporary roads for US 36 and SH 7 between Boulder and Estes Park, US 34 between Loveland and Estes Park, SH 72 between US 93 and SH 119 and for impacted highways in eastern Colorado. CDOT will issue a request for proposals from the contracting community today and will select the teams by Friday with work beginning the week of Sept 23.

In addition to the three response teams, additional contractors have begun response work on SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland, as well as SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden. CDOT maintenance crews are also currently working on SH 72, as well as other areas around the state.  Additional emergency contractors have also been working on US 34 for emergency fixes at MP 114, SH 60/SH 257 for approach repairs and US 34 Glade Road to Dam Store, SH 14 and US 36 at St. Malo (MP 10.8) for debris removal.

CDOT has also been able to repair and reopen eastbound I-70 off-ramp to Quebec Street and SH 44 near Longmont. Lastly, CDOT plans to reopen SH 14 from Walden to Cameron Pass following repairs tomorrow.

How long will some highway closures last?  For instance, US 36?

Following damage assessments CDOT will be issuing more information on expected time to reopen highways.

What is CDOT’s approach to flood recovery?

There are three phases of CDOT work:

  1. Rescue
  2. Response
  3. Recovery

CDOT is entering the Response Phase following support on rescue last week which required closures and emergency repair to protect the traveling public.

The Response Phase includes: debris clearing, temporary road building and portable bridges.  The work will be conducted by CDOT staff, emergency contractors and National Guard where possible. This work will be conducted in the next few months.

The Recovery Phase includes: more traditional infrastructure construction, which will occur over the next year to establish permanent roadways and bridges.

How will CDOT prioritize work?

CDOT focus for the Response Phase will be to:

  1. Reconnect communities with a focus on roadways with one road in and out or limited access.
  2. Provide access for service providers so that water, electric, gas and sewage can be restored.

Support

I want to help.  What can I do?

We appreciate all efforts to help but due to liability issues with roadway work and construction, we are unable to have private citizens participate in roadway repair. However, there are plenty of places where your volunteerism is needed and will be most appreciated. You might check your favorite radio or TV news station, many of which have posted information on their web and Facebook sits on assisting. Or contact the local chapters of organizations such as United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army and more.   You can also clickhttp://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/FEMA/Volunteer/VolunteerRegistration.aspx?ST=Colorado to volunteer.

We have a contracting firm or are a vendor who wants to help?  Who do I contact?

We appreciate your offer of services.  At this point in time, we are collecting the:

  • Name of firm and contact name
  • Phone/email
  • Information on primary services

CDOT will collect that information and then reach back out once a needs assessment has been completed. The best way to submit information is by email to dot_flood@state.co.us.  Please mark the email as OFFER OF SERVICES. To donate supplies/materials, please visithttp://t.co/xzG3CefA5C.

Other CDOT Work

What will happen to other CDOT highway and bridge projects?

Recovering from the flooding will be a significant challenge that will transcend routine business, but CDOT will continue work on existing highway and bridge projects in areas not impacted by the flood, as well as launch efforts such as the new Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnership (RAMP) projects, Statewide Plan and others.

Priority #1 will, however, be response and recovery from the floods.