Bridges at Corwina Park

Mid-day yesterday, the bridge at Lower Corwina Park was underwater. This bridge marks the old Bear Creek Road, before it was raised out of the floodway, and is now (or was?) a footbridge that connects the Bear Creek Trail from Corwina Park eastward into Jeffco’s Lair o’the Bear Park.

Bridge at east side of Corwina Park.

Bridge at east side of Corwina Park.

The bridge acts as a dam; note the debris collecting behind it. The weight of accumulations like this help the water take out bridges during floods; the bridge and the debris then become a further hazard to structures as they move downstream. [Update: The bridge was semi-clear on Saturday, but as of Sunday evening, 9/15, water is again overtopping this bridge. Pic at Jeffco sheriff blog.]

Corwina Park footbridge, circa 1916. Courtesy Denver Public Library Z-7649.

Corwina Park footbridge, circa 1916. Courtesy Denver Public Library Z-7649.

We’re awaiting word on whether the footbridge above has survived, although it (or its predecessor) has been through floods before. This bridge connects the Lower Corwina parking lot with the historic shelter on the south bank of the creek.

Skies are blue this morning, though clouds remain. We’ll be keeping you posted if there are any updates.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting pictures and updates on Bear Creek and the DMP along it!!! We have been worried and wondering.

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