Construction convoy creeps over Colorado mountains

5:04 PM, Sep 25, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - A convoy of heavy construction equipment is creeping over a high-elevation highway through Rocky Mountain National Park to join a massive highway rebuilding project after the Colorado floods.


Officials said Wednesday the damage to state highways alone is about $430 million. Eight deaths have been confirmed. 

Nearly 1,800 homes were destroyed or damaged - down from earlier estimates of about 2,000. 

Trail Ridge Road through the national park is closed to other vehicles to make way for the slow-moving convoy, which will be used on road repairs around Estes Park. 

State and local highway crews and construction companies are rushing to make temporary repairs to flood-damaged roadways. 

About 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges were destroyed by floodwaters.

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