Flood-damaged walking trail in Rio Rancho to be fixed

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho city officials are fixing a damaged section of a popular walking trail in the city, after parents told KRQE News 13 the trail is eroding.

Residents are worried about their kids’ safety. The trail is used every day by students getting to the bus, and adults going for a run. There is a steep drop off the trail, the rocks are sharp, and the asphalt is crumbling.

City officials say the damage is the result of monsoon rains in September.

“What I’m afraid of is if a child or adult might fall in not realizing what they’re walking into,” said resident Roberto Martinez.

KRQE News 13 brought the issue to the attention of the city, and officials came right out to assess the area. They decided it needed work as soon as possible, and they say the project won’t cost a lot.

“What we’ll want to do is replace the dirt that’s been lost along the trail side, and stabilize that so if we do get additional rains, it’s not going to tear up the trail,” said Jay Hart of Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation.

Officials say the work won’t take long, but a date to start work has not yet been set.

They will also figure out a long-term plan to prevent more damage from happening from floods in the future.

Until the area is fixed, city officials are warning residents to be careful in the area.

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