Extent of damage to canyon bike path will be unknown until water levels drop | PostIndependent.com

Extent of damage to canyon bike path will be unknown until water levels drop

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – It’s still too early to gauge the full extent of damage to the Glenwood Canyon bike trail from the spring flooding, or how long it will have to remain closed for repairs, according to Colorado Department of Transportation officials.

“We won’t be able to fully assess the damage until the river goes back down,” CDOT spokesperson Nancy Shanks said on Tuesday.

“We do know there are portions of the path that have completely washed away, and parts of the four-foot-high railing is gone in places,” she said. “We’re also probably looking at some repairs to the embankment.”

The concrete path began giving way in sections earlier this month when the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon flooded out of its banks as the spring runoff began in earnest. The path had already been closed to users since early May due to the high water.

Once the extent of the damage is known, CDOT officials will be able to estimate how long it will take to make the necessary repairs.

It’s not out of the question that the trail could remain closed for the rest of the year, depending on the needed repairs, Shanks said.

“We still just don’t know, and will have to wait a little longer before we can say for sure,” she said.

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