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Utah soldiers headed to Colorado to rebuild highway

About 120 soldiers were scheduled to leave Friday morning. They're set to start work Saturday rebuilding U.S. Highway 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, which was badly damaged in last month's floods.

The Associated Press

10/4/2013

DENVER — Utah National Guard soldiers are coming to Colorado to help build one of the highways leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.

About 120 soldiers were scheduled to leave Friday morning. They're set to start work Saturday rebuilding U.S. Highway 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, which was badly damaged in last month's floods.

Colorado is paying the soldiers with state funds because of the federal shutdown. However, the state will eventually seek a reimbursement for much of the $500,000 cost.

The soldiers are members of an engineer battalion which has built roads in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as after Hurricane Katrina.

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