AZTEC — By a 5 to 0 vote, city commissioners on Tuesday approved a two-week delay in the construction of the city's new pedestrian bridge.
Started in February, the bridge project was primarily delayed when water levels in the Animas River rose, caused by snowmelt from Colorado, making work on the bridge's support structure unsafe.
The $1.5 million bridge is part of the city's effort to increase opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy Aztec's outdoors.
The walking bridge, completed Tuesday, crosses the Animas River. On its north side, it will join walking trails from the Aztec Ruins National Monument to the river. On the southern side, it will lead to a trail from the bridge to the northernmost point of North Main Avenue, where plans are in place to develop a public plaza.
Officials with the city and with Aztec Ruins, along with representatives from RMCI Inc., the firm that constructed the bridge, will tour the bridge site today, said Ed Kotyk, the city's project manager.
The city's trail project, which will join the bridge from the south, is set to start soon.
"On Monday, we'll hold a pre-construction meeting to find out when trail building can start," Kotyk said. "After that, we'll establish the 45 calendar days for that job. Hopefully, people can start to walk on it by mid-September."