CANON CITY, Colo. - The Canon City Council has approved a plan to rebuild shops and attractions at the Royal Gorge bridge. However, the new buildings will likely be smaller than the old buildings.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has been closed since a wildfire in June burned more than 3,000 acres in the area and destroyed 48 of the park's 52 buildings. The iconic bridge suffered minor damage.
According to KRDO-TV, plans approved Monday include smaller buildings because the original plans didn't fit the budget.
"We had to make some significant changes," said Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Vice President and General Manager Mark Bandera.
City Council's master plan includes visitor's centers on each side of the bridge, food court, train stations and platforms and a zip line, along with operational issues like a generator, water treatment equipment, landscaping, parking, etc...
Read the council's priority list: http://www.canoncity.org/pdf_documents/Packets/2013/11042013/8.pdf
Repairs are estimated at $25 to $40 million. Most of the costs will be covered by insurance.