There is some bad news today about the Wyler Aerial Tramway. It will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

The tramway has been in operation for almost sixty years, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has operated the tram for the past 19 years. Officials say a recent engineering analysis that was part of a planned deferred maintenance project that was scheduled for the fall prompted the decision to close.

The tramway passed annual inspections but the most recent analysis showed that the tram is past its life expectancy and should no longer be used by the public. Officials with the Parks and Wildlife Department say they are weighing their options as to what to do about the tramway.

The Wyler Aerial Tramway was not open to the public when it first opened. It was used to maintain television transmission towers. After extensive renovations, the tramway was re-opened to the public in 2001. Tramways built after the Wyler tramway follow national tramway standards. The Wyler tramway should be completely overhauled and updated to today's standards, according to an engineering review conducted this summer.

The cost of replacing the tram would cost millions of dollars, but the Parks and Wildlife Department doesn't have the money for that kind of project right now.

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