Repaired Rio Grande Trail section to open Friday
September 1, 2011
CARBONDALE – A midvalley section of the Rio Grande Trail will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday after it was closed for six weeks to allow cleanup and repairs following numerous mudslides.
A 1.5-mile stretch of the trail was hit by 15 mudslides during a torrential downpour on July 18. Three of the slides were major. They affected the trail just east of Catherine Bridge. That is roughly 4 miles east or upvalley from Carbondale. Trail users were forced to use back roads as a detour during the work.
Most of the work required only cleanup of rock and dirt, according to Mike Hermes, director of facilities and trails for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. However, there was a small amount of trail damage.
“We lost a thirty-foot section of asphalt,” Hermes said. That section is covered by crushed rock. “People will have to be careful,” Hermes said.