GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — The Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon bike path reopened Friday following repairs from flooding damage a year ago.

Much of the path was closed last season due to the damage. The Colorado Department of Transportation says State Transportation Commission contingency funds covered the $1.5 million cost of damages and repairs.

“This is the first time CDOT has ever opened this early in the season,” CDOT Maintenance Superintendent Toby Brown said. “Due to the path being closed for most of last season and the unusually dry weather, CDOT Maintenance was able to begin inspection and maintenance operations earlier than ever before.”

 Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon Bike Path Reopening

The I-70 Glenwood Canyon bike path reopened Friday after last year's flooding damage. (credit: CDOT)

Major erosion to the embankment below the path required transporting and placing-with a crane-an estimated 1,800 cubic yards of rock material to stabilize the area.

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