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July 9, 2007
For Immediate Release
Ron Terry 435 772-0160
David Eaker 435-772-7811
The National Park Service plans to remove broken concrete from the West Rim Trail north of Scout Lookout starting Tuesday, July 17, 2007. The project is expected to take about five days to complete. Hikers on the West Rim Trail should anticipate 15 to 20 minute delays while the concrete rubble is being loaded for removal by helicopter. If the helicopter is called to a fire, the project will be rescheduled at a later time.
The work will not interfere with visitors hiking to Scout Lookout or Angels Landing. A second project to resurface sections of the trail to Scout Lookout with new concrete will be scheduled later in the year.
The West Rim Trail was originally constructed in 1925 and the section of trail above Scout Lookout was paved in 1929. The paving was done to accommodate stock use on the trail. Over the years, the pavement has been repaired as needed, but the concrete has now deteriorated to the point that it must be removed. The concrete will not be replaced on this section of the trail.