Kaibab Suspension Bridge in Grand Canyon temporarily closes for repairs

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – The Kaibab Suspension Bridge will be closed to foot traffic for repairs for several days this month.

The Grand Canyon Association announced the closure through a Facebook post. Mules can still cross the bridge, but hikers will need to follow a detour. Hikers may still use the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, also known as the Black Suspension Bridge, on days when repair crews are not working.

The repairs on the bridge consist of replacing rutted decking and tread boards that had created an uneven walking surface over time, according to the Grand Canyon Association. The boards have not been replaced in eleven years.

The bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday, Oct. 17 to Wednesday, Oct. 25 and from Tuesday, Oct. 31 to Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Park staff and signs will provide directions to the detour, which will go from South Kaibab trail to the Silver Suspension Bridge using the Colorado River Trail.

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