GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Temporary repair work has been completed along the popular Glenwood Canyon bike path, which was slated to be completely open to cyclists and pedestrians Friday morning.
Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews and engineering staff have been working this month to remove debris and damaged concrete sections near the Shoshone power plant left after flooding from the spring runoff.
The most-damaged section has now been replaced with a temporary timber boardwalk in an effort to reopen the entire 12-mile length of trail for what remains of the summer season, according to CDOT.
“We clearly understand the economic impacts of having the Glenwood Canyon bike path out of commission and are pleased to be able to get it reopened for the remainder of the summer season,” CDOT Program Engineer Joe Elsen said in a news release.
“I am very impressed with the diligent efforts of our internal and external team to work together seamlessly to help the community and get this popular destination open,” he said.
The path will be fully operational until the end of September, when crews will begin work on permanent repairs.
Local contractors Sunlight Structures, Oddo Engineering, Myers & Co., Calco Concrete Pumping, Alpine Lumber and Bill Hildebrand carpentry were involved in working on the temporary repairs.
Following the usual spring closure during the high runoff, the canyon path was reopened from No Name to Grizzly Creek, as was the eastern portion from the Dotsero trailhead to Hanging Lake. However, the approximately four-mile section between Grizzly Creek and Hanging Lake has remained closed due to the damage.
The cost for both the temporary and permanent repairs is expected to be around $400,000, according to CDOT estimates.