Bridge on arroyo temporarily closed

HARLINGEN — City workers have closed off a bridge over the Arroyo Colorado that is part of the city’s hike and bike trail.

The bridge, located at the back of Arroyo Park in Harlingen, is a key link to the city’s popular walking, running and biking trail along the arroyo.

The bridge was shut down yesterday and will be today, too, officials said yesterday.

Javier Mendez, director of parks and recreation, said the International Boundary and Water Commission had asked the city to close the wooden walking bridge so it could clear debris and sediment that piled up after recent high water.

“We’re working in collaboration with IBWC,” Mendez said. “They need to clear up some stuff and brush that flowed down the arroyo so we needed to help to be able to access it through our bridge.

“What we’re doing is changing some of the boards at the same time,” Mendez said.

He said the bridge’s structure was not damaged by the high water, and the work being done is mostly cosmetic.

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