Glenwood Canyon bike path to open
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation is opening the Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon bike path today at noon. Much of the popular path remained closed last season due to extensive damage caused by spring 2011 flooding.
“This is the first time CDOT has ever opened this early in the season,” CDOT Maintenance Superintendent Toby Brown said. “Due to the path being closed for most of last season and the unusually dry weather, CDOT Maintenance was able to begin inspection and maintenance operations earlier than ever before.”
Brown cautioned that the path will be subject to closure the day before any forecasted winter storms. If a storm does not develop, the Department of Transportation will re-open depending up long-range weather forecasts. Cyclists can check CDOT’s traveler information website at http://www.cotrip.org.
The total cost of last season’s damages and associated repairs was about $1.5 million, paid for with State Transportation Commission contingency funds. Contributing most to the project’s cost were the extensive damage to the cantilever sections, as well as the difficulty of accessing the path with necessary equipment. Major erosion to the embankment below the path required transporting and placing with a crane an estimated 1,800 cubic yards of rock to stabilize the area.