- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GLENWOOD, N.M. (AP) - Officials with the Gila National Forest say reconstruction of the Catwalk National Recreation Trail in southern New Mexico is expected to be done by the end of 2015.

Contractors toured the trail with forest officials earlier this month. They will have until late November to submit their proposals.

Forest officials say the reconstruction contract will likely be awarded in February and work on the trail and parking area could be done by December 2015.

The Catwalk trail remains closed after flash flooding damaged the recreation area. Forest Service engineers applied for emergency funding to reconstruct the entire Catwalk hanging structure, pedestrian bridges, trails and picnic areas.

Flooding also washed out a section of New Mexico Route 174, making the recreation area inaccessible. State transportation officials have assessed the road damage.

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