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Neighbors concerned with bridge as flooding continues

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jul 22, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — MaryAnn Evans moved into her neighborhood 16 years ago. With the Spring Creek flowing nearby, it didn’t take long for her to realize the challenges of living by the water.

“This has been an ongoing issue,” said Evans, who's seen the water flood numerous times over the years.

This past weekend’s storm flooded her neighborhood, caused damage to fences and crawl spaces. For Evans, it even knocked out some electricity, her furnace and air conditioner- are destroyed.

"I don't know where to go from here, I don't," Evans said.

She’s hoping the most recent flood event will heighten the priority for the city of Colorado Springs to fix the bridge. She says over the years she's brought up concerns over the bridge, but believes nothing's been done.

Aarong Egbert, a Senior Engineer with the city says it's a project that would cost more than six million dollars.

"This bridge is on our replacement list, it is currently an unfunded need," Egbert said. With more than 400 bridges across the city, he says there's other priorities- with 100 bridges on the list.

The way funding works with the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority, it comes in ten year blocks- with the most recent block from 2015-2025. This means it could be another six years before the neighborhood sees a new bridge.