Work began September 2012 and is currently in progress. Construction will be ongoing through April 2013. For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/const.htm
Significant progress has been made on the Bright Angel (BA) Trailhead rehabilitation project. Reconstruction of two masonry walls, one near Kolb Studio and one along the BA Trail has been completed. In addition, the accessible trail from Village Loop Road to the southwest BA trailhead, the identity sign at the southwest trailhead, the shade shelters, and paving of the parking lot between the BA cabins and the southwest trailhead have also been completed. The two restroom buildings are substantially complete; and the overall project is on schedule. Completion is currently expected by mid-May, 2013.
The next major milestone is completion of the underground burial of utilities and a critical tie-in to the Kolb Studio. Remaining site work includes site grading, setting boulders, and paving of the concrete plaza and asphalt Rim Trail.
Beginning Tuesday, March 12, the southwest BA trailhead (located near the mule corral) will once again be open to all hiker and mule access. Towards the end of the week, the northeast BA trailhead (located near Kolb Studio) will be closed in order to complete the burial of utilities, and to reclaim the path, which was modified to accommodate mule traffic.
Fencing will be erected and detour signs posted, directing all BA Trail access to the southwest trailhead, near the corral. The closure of the northeast trailhead is anticipated to be in effect through mid-April. Access will be maintained to Kolb Studio from the Rim Trail to the east.