Royal Gorge Bridge and Park lays off about two dozen workers during repair process

CANON CITY, Colo. - About two dozen full-time Royal Gorge Bridge & Park employees have been laid off following a wildfire that destroyed much of the tourist attraction this summer.

According to the Canon City Daily Record, half of the employees were informed of the news last week, and the other half found out Monday.

General manager Mike Bandera says some of the employees had been with the company for 20 to 30 years.

About 17 full-time employees will remain in their positions, including managers, supervisors and security officers while the facilities are being rebuilt.

The 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.

Last month, the Canon City Council approved a plan to rebuild the shops and attractions at the Royal Gorge bridge. However, the new buildings will likely be smaller than the old buildings, according to KRDO-TV.

City Council's master plan includes visitor's centers on each side of the bridge, a 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.