DENVER (September 25, 2013)--A convoy of heavy construction equipment was creeping up a high-elevation highway Wednesday through Rocky Mountain National Park to join a massive highway rebuilding project after Colorado’s deadly and destructive 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, which is 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 before the first winter weather arrives.
About 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges were destroyed by floodwaters.
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