West Section of Glenwood Canyon Bike Path Opens Today

July 13, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Path now open between Glenwood Springs and Grizzly Creek Rest Area.

GARFIELD/EAGLE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation opened the popular Glenwood Canyon Bike Path at 1 PM today between Glenwood (Exit 116) and the Grizzly Creek Rest Area (Exit 121). The path east of Grizzly Creek remains closed due to high water and major damage. CDOT will be assessing the damage and preparing a repair project as soon as the water recedes—there is no estimation on when that will happen at this point. An announcement will be sent as soon as the damage can be assessed.

According to river flow rates posted on the US Geological Survey site, the river is running at about 13,200 cfs at Dotsero and 19,000 at Glenwood Springs. The river is running quite close to the bike path, still, and CDOT maintenance crews have placed cones in several areas where the embankment has eroded in the newly opened section. Crews will continue to repair and stabilize embankment material along the path as conditions dry out.

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