A contractor has been retained to work on necessary emergency repairs along a section of Colorado Highway 133 north of Paonia that has been significantly damaged due to major flooding.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said it is working out details and schedules with contractor partner Ralph L. Wadsworth to get the highway open and operational as soon as safely possible.
Colorado Highway 133 significantly damaged after flooding
The road is currently closed, so CDOT crews plan to carry out emergency repairs in the meantime. This will include a temporary bridge to cross a major break in the road. Once this is in place, Route 133 will be able to reopen to motorists.
Permanent repairs will likely begin after this bridge is installed.
A safety closure has been in place along the route between Miles 14 and 19 since May 2 due to the damage, which began with a small sinkhole and a lane closure over the weekend of May 29 to April 30.
Highway 133 closed in Bear Creek after culvert failure, washes out roadway
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With flooding in early May, nearby Bear Creek filled a culvert with debris and flooded the roadway, pushing the culvert across the road and eroding the embankment, CDOT said. This caused the road to collapse.
People who do not live on site are asked to avoid the area.
Use COTrip.org when planning to travel in the state for the latest closures and road conditions.
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