Riverfront Trail sections swamped

A bicyclist pedals along a closed section of the Riverfront Trail west of Glacier Ice Arena on Tuesday. A nearby boat ramp also has been flooded by the Colorado River, city of Grand Junction officials said.

Rising water along the Colorado River has swamped some sections of the Colorado Riverfront Trail, closing it to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Closed sections include a segment from the Blue Heron II parking lot east to the Glacier Ice Arena. The area is south of the 25 Road interchange with Redlands Parkway.

Part of a nearby boat ramp has deteriorated, according to the city of Grand Junction.

A section of trail also is closed south of downtown Grand Junction. The closed section is east of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Water is backing up into a city-owned lagoon.

City crews may have to rebuild damaged sections of the trail before those areas can be reopened, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber.

“Hopefully, we can get back out there and get those sections back open,” Schoeber said.

Trail users are urged to use caution along other low-lying areas of the path.

“Places where you don’t expect it are going to get hit,” he said. “Be prepared for all kinds of conditions.”

The snowpack is bountiful in the central and northern mountains of the state, but it also has increased concerns about flooding more than usual during spring runoff season.

Water flow in the Colorado River near Palisade was recorded at 21,300 cubic feet per second at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The record flow for May 31 is 23,300 cfs, set in 1993, U.S. Geological Survey information shows.


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