Colorado Road Closures Present DangersBy: Jennifer Curra - September 16, 2013
The devastating floods have led to multiple power failures, cancellations of recreational sporting events, and even, in many cases, there have been counties experiencing periodic flash-flood watches. These difficulties are not the only concerns residents have confronted as a result of the dangerous floods. Travelers have also suffered from the weather-inflicted damage. Businesses needing to utilize transportation on the roads which were impacted by the flooding have also been affected.
According to the spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Transportation, Bob Wilson, there is a multifaceted level of destruction caused by recent flooding episodes where unique approaches have been needed in order to handle specific concerns and considerations. “It’s creating havoc for so many different areas,” Bob Wilson said before continuing, “will have to hold off where the roadways are closed.”
Wilson expressed time-sensitivity expectations regarding the process for repairing the roads. While residents are unlikely to expect the roads to return to fully operable service overnight, various routes will be more readily accessible. “They’ll have to wait to try to get to Lyons or Estes Park. Luckily, the tourist season for Estes Park is over,” Bob Wilson said.
Even though authorities are working to improve conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible, truck drivers needing to travel on routes damaged by the flooding have seen their workload increase while the ease of completing job duties has drastically decreased. Santiago Robles expressed his frustration at driving a ten mile trip that took a total of four hours. “Today I probably did half the work I was supposed to get done, because it took me so long to get across town. I-70 going east was stop-and-go all day,” he said.
The frustration for drivers like Santiago Robles has occurred partly as a result of unexpected delays, but also due to the maneuvering of slow, tedious detours which leads to immeasurable time delays, restricting daily job duties. The initial flooding presented dangers; however, the aftermath is demanding patience from residents.[Image and Video Via YouTube]