Road Construction along Highway 340 has closed a bridge just west of 20 Road and Broadway making it impossible to complete the 40-mile Colorado National Monument bicycle loop.
The good news is; you can still access all the hiking trails and all of Rim Rock Drive, although you may have to plan an alternate route using the East Entrance, or by driving Redlands Parkway to Highway 6 & 50 – or even I-70 – to access the Fruita Entrance. You can still ride or drive all but a small portion of the loop. The challenge lies in negotiating the additional miles of the detours to reach the starting point.
Though all construction and repaving is scheduled to be complete by the end of June, traffic moving across the Colorado River just south of Fruita is reduced to alternating one way traffic facilitated by flag crew and pilot car, as the bridge receives maintenance and a new surface. This is the route hikers arriving from the east will need to drive to reach Lower Monument Trailhead.
Just east of Lower Monument Trailhead, Broadway (Highway 340) is closed from mile marker 5.6 to mile marker 5.9. Construction crews are working 24 hours a day to reopen this segment of road within a week.
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