EL PASO COUNTY – El Paso County Public Works announced it will begin comprehensive repairs on the section of Old Pueblo Road that washed out during severe flooding in the area two weeks ago.
The County said it will install two new concrete culverts to replace the galvanized metal culvert that failed during flash floods on July 23. The two-phase project is expected to take four to six weeks to finish.
The project calls for utilities to move underground lines in the area so that the new culverts can be installed. A crane will then drop the new culverts into the position and crews will rebuild the road on top of the new culverts.
The second phase of the project will be the construction of concrete walls to prevent erosion around the culverts.
“Putting public safety first and recognizing our responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer money, we can’t afford a temporary fix. There are no good short detours in this area that makes it even more important that we make repairs that will last.” said Executive Director of Public Works Jim Reid in a news release.
The project is expected to cost $1.2 million, with $750,000 coming from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and the rest coming from County funds.