EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Recent heavy rains in eastern El Paso County have severely damaged an El Paso County bridge on Slocum Road, about 1 ½ miles north of Highway 94, forcing an immediate road closure and detour.
"When it floods, the ground becomes hard and doesn't soak in the ground like it used too. So when we get these heavy rains, what we get is heavy flow," said James Reid, executive director of Department of Public Works for El Paso County.
The Department of Public Works reports that heavy water flows have created a huge cavern under the pavement on the bridge and have started to wash out the abutment on the north side.
Until further notice, detour signs will direct traffic across Amo, Kennedy and Davis to Curtis Road. Message boards will be in place at Highway 94 and Jones and Curtis Roads.
County road crews are in the process of placing barricades at both ends of the bridge, and those will remain in place until further notice.
"Our biggest concern is public safety. We are concerned and want to make sure the roads are safe for the people out there," said Reid.
The county's bridge crew deck monitors flood areas during and after storms.
"I don't think people realize these are silent warriors out there and they're taking care of people while they're sleeping by inspecting and watching the roads," said Reid.
Until a comprehensive assessment of the damage is completed, there is no estimated cost or timetable for reopening this section of Slocum Road.
"Our goal is to restore it as quickly as possible so folks are back to normal life," Reid said.
The funding for this project will come from El Paso County's budget.