West end of Manitou Avenue closed due to damage

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Debris and water have caused road damage in Manitou Springs.
  • Debris and water have caused road damage in Manitou Springs.

More bad news for travelers: It will probably be months before the west end of Manitou Avenue and Serpentine Drive reopen.

The area was damaged in recent rain storms. Speaking of which, it's raining currently, and more flooding is possible. Drivers are cautioned.

MANITOU SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed about ½ mile of U.S. 24 Business (Manitou Avenue), at the west end of town, after flooding damaged and weakened segments of the roadway, making it unsafe for travel.

It is closed between Serpentine Drive and U.S. 24.

Friday’s flood washed out two highway segments, both about 30 to 40 feet long and around 200 to 300 feet apart. In addition to the repairing and shoring up the road, minor repairs also are required on the Fountain Creek Bridge.

CDOT is in the process of seeking emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration and getting emergency contracting in place to begin repairs as soon as possible. Engineers estimate it could take two to three months to repair and cost approximately $1.5 million.

While old U.S. 24 is closed, U.S. 24 is the detour route, with access between the two highways available via Serpentine Drive.

Approximately 4,500 vehicles use this segment of U.S. 24 Business daily.

Additional information will be distributed after a reconstruction plan and schedule is in place.

Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado.

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