- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials are soliciting public comment on a plan for $1 million of repairs and improvements to Bandelier National Monument, with much of the work aimed at responding to flood-related access problems.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1sRfszQ ) reports that the work planned by the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration would serve several purposes.

Those include enabling visitors to use picnic areas and back-country parking spaces in the wake of flooding since a major fire in 2011.

Other aspects of the work would allow improving access of part of the monument for fire suppression, search and rescue and trail maintenance.

The projects include construction of a new vehicle bridge over the Rito to los Frijoles (REE’-toe day los FREE’-hoe-lace) ) and replacement of washed-out pedestrian bridges.

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