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If Mother Nature gives the go-ahead, Zimmerman Trail could reopen as soon as Thursday.

Rainfall Tuesday night pushed the street’s anticipated opening back a day, said Debi Meling, Billings city engineer.

All that remains of the repair work is striping and sweeping, Meling said Wednesday morning.

“Those are the most weather-dependent” tasks, she said. “It’s got to be dry and warm enough” so that the double yellow line down the middle of Zimmerman Trail can dry and is not washed away right after crews complete those final tasks, she said.

“(Thursday) is supposed to be nice,” she added. “We don’t see any problem,” reopening Zimmerman Trail on that day.

After crews from GeoStabilization International completed their work along the Rims, bolting down some rocks, loosening others and even blowing a few up, Billings road crews began Monday repairing the road and guardrail damaged by the March 25 rock slide. Zimmerman Trail has been closed since then.

“We are buzzing along as fast as we can, and we’ve been working every single day on it,” Meling said, adding that residents are anxious for the well-traveled route to reopen. “At this point we are so dependent on Mother Nature.”

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