City closes part of Riverfront Trail

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Grand Junction Parks and Rec has decided to close a popular section of Riverfront Trail after high water levels and erosion has left the area unsafe.

The department made the decision to close down part of the Blue Heron section of Riverfront Trail because of bad erosion, and high river levels chipping away at the land. Blue Heron is near Redlands Parkway and 24 Road.

In fact, it's so bad, that the edge of the cemented trail is starting to hang over the Colorado River.

But the city says the erosion has been an issue for the last 15 years, and the high Colorado River water sped up that process.

Some bike riders say they hope there's a solution to get the trail back open.

"There are a couple low spots where we can't ride today. And we noticed the other day when we could ride that there was a serious piece of erosion. So I hope that's something that the county, or the city or whoever is in charge can mitigate," said Grand Junction resident, Jay Schmidt.

Parks and Rec say they want people to use Riverside Parkway to go around the closed trail.

There some temporary ideas in the works to at least make the trail passable, but city officials say it's possible the barriers could be up on the trail through August.

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