Construction Convoy Creeps Over Colorado Mountains

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DENVER A convoy of heavy construction equipment is creeping over a high-elevation highway through Rocky Mountain National Park to join a massive highway rebuilding project after the Colorado floods.

Officials said Wednesday the damage to state highways alone is about $430 million. Eight deaths have been confirmed.

Nearly 1,800 homes were destroyed or damaged - down from earlier estimates of about 2,000.

Trail Ridge Road through the national park is closed to other vehicles to make way for the slow-moving convoy, which will be used on road repairs around Estes Park.

State and local highway crews and construction companies are rushing to make temporary repairs to flood-damaged roadways. About 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges were destroyed by floodwaters.

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