EL PASO COUNTY – After nearly two months work of repairs, Old Pueblo Road has reopened in El Paso County.
The stretch of road south of Fountain and north of Hanover Road was closed July 23 after torrential rains washed out a part of the road. Two cars and a fire truck were swallowed up by a sinkhole that formed.
“We want to thank everyone, especially residents living in the area, for their patience during the work, the subsequent road closure, and any inconvenience this may have caused,” said Jim Reid, executive director of public works.
The $1.2 million project included placing 10 7-foot-by-7 foot concrete box culverts under Old Pueblo Road. When the culverts were replaced, crews repaved the road, meaning it was ready for opening. Crews closed the road for so long to make sure they have a long time fix.
“We wanted to make sure that Old Pueblo Road had been given a permanent fix that will keep motorists and residents downstream safe for years to come,” Reid said.
Finishing work will include head walls, wing walls, grading and additional paving. That work will be completed in the following months.