Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)


They were installed to reinforce the once-mighty Rio Grande. But now, city officials say, the huge metal crossbars that line several spots along the bosque are more of a threat to the area.

So-called "jetty jacks" were installed in the 1950s and 1960s at a cost of about $67 apiece to trap sediment in the river and to stabilize the banks.

But over the years, the X-shaped metal planks have become a public safety and fire hazard because they collect wood, dead foliage and leaves, which can fuel a brush fire.

Volunteers with the city's Open Space Division spent much of Sunday removing them, as well as the webs of wires that link them. …

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