A short segment of Manitou Avenue that was shut down after flooding damaged the road in August reopened Tuesday.
The half-mile stretch of Business U.S. 24 was closed Aug. 9 after two sections were washed out by flooding. The sections were each about 30 to 40 feet long and were about 200 to 300 feet apart, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Minor repairs also were required on the Fountain Creek Bridge.
The section of road is important because it connects the west end of Manitou to U.S. 24.
"One thing that came out well, initially we had estimated the repairs would be $1.5 million," said Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Bob Wilson. "At $500,000, it came in way under what we estimated."
At the time of the estimate, officials were not sure how much damage the road and bridge had suffered, Wilson said.
While it's open now, the westbound segment of that stretch of Manitou Avenue will be closed again for a brief period next week for curb and drainage work, the news release said.
The detour will be Serpentine Drive. Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
Reopening the link to U.S. 24 from Manitou will help emergency vehicles with response times to such areas as Rainbow Falls, Wilson said.
"Access to mainline U.S. 24 is now back to normal," he said.
Manitou Springs was hit by flash flooding Aug. 9 when heavy rains pelted the Waldo Canyon burn scar.
Homes and businesses in Manitou were damaged and U.S. 24 and Canon Avenue suffered major damage.
Vehicles were washed off U.S. 24 near Manitou and one person was killed.