KUSA - 9Wants to Know has learned contractors selected by the Colorado Department of Transportation are scheduled to begin assessing three areas of flood-damaged highways Monday.
Colorado faces the prospect of fixing about 200 miles worth of state roads following the flooding that plagued the state in the past two weeks. 9Wants to Know is following the process of replacing the millions of dollars of infrastructure lost in the flood and investigating the money spent on the repairs.
CDOT awarded the contract for State Highway 7 from Raymond to Lyons to a joint venture between Skanska and RL Wadsworth. Kiewit will tackle rebuilding U.S. Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park. A contract for roadwork to be completed on CDOT's system east of I-25 has been awarded to a joint venture between URS and Lawrence.
The assessment phase is expected to take a week and will include right-of-way, environmental, structures, and expectations for materials. CDOT indicates construction should begin Sept. 30.
Governor John Hickenlooper has provided an aggressive timeline to get temporary highways and bridges open: December 1. 2013. However, CDOT's formal work request to contractors gives more leeway. It states contractors are expected to complete construction prior to Dec. 31.
One of the highways closed by the floods reopened Monday. Highway 14 has reopened from Cameron Pass to Highway 287 at Ted's Place.
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