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Parts of Saunders-Monticello Trail Closed for Repairs

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The last big winter storm was weeks ago, but cleanup is still underway. 

Part of the popular Saunders-Monticello Trail in Albemarle County is shut down to make repairs. 

Five different areas of the trail were damaged after the storm; some of those areas were damaged so badly by fallen trees that the boardwalk fell through.  

Just Thursday, crews finished clearing off the rest of the fallen trees from the trail. The trail manager, Jason Stevens, says about 100 trees fell during the storm.  

The section from the trail head to Carters Mountain Road is still open. The section from Carters Mountain Road up to Saunders Bridge is closed for cleanup. 

"We had two ash trees that went just right through the boardwalk. The other sections are minor damage from just screens being out with railings and everything else but the decking is completely fine," Stevens said. 

Next Wednesday, contractors will start reconstructing the areas of broken boardwalk. They are just waiting for all of the materials to come in. 

Stevens says he hopes the trail will be back open in two to three weeks. He says that time period also depends on the weather.

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