Nearly two months after severe flash floods hit southern Colorado work is almost complete on Old Pueblo Road. News 5 has been tracking the progress from the very beginning.
Right now, crews are filling in the new concrete culverts they just installed this week. The new and improved culverts are replacing the old pipe that was washed out by flash floods in late July. Even though repairs haven’t been quick, the County says they were needed.
“Instead of just doing a temporary fix out here, we decided we needed to do something a little bit more permanent to make the best use of taxpayer money, and we’ve done that,” said El Paso County Spokesperson Matt Steiner.
The County says they did encounter some delays. Several utilities lines had to be relocated and they also ran into some groundwater issues. Even having to install an underdrain to keep groundwater clear of the area.
They’ll be filling in the culverts the rest of the week and hope to start paving by the weekend. If all goes as planned, they hope to re-open the road the first of next week.