Structural concerns force closure of bridge in Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon National Park is shown in this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has closed a bridge in the Grand Canyon that hikers use to cross the Colorado River.

The Park Service said Sunday that the Silver Bridge near Phantom Ranch along the Bright Angel Trail would be closed immediately due to concerns about the bridge’s structural safety. Hikers will need to cross the river via the Black Bridge.

Hikers on the Bright Angel Trail will have to travel 1.5 miles more to get to the Black Bridge. Park officials said there is no estimated time of repair for the bridge and it will remain closed until further notice.

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