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Workers dangle from ropes to clean Grand Canyon Skywalk glass

Workers dangle from ropes to clean Grand Canyon Skywalk glass
In this Tuesday, March, 25, 2014 photo provided by Abseilon USA via AZ Photos, technicians dangle from a series of ropes before polishing the underside glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz. (AP Photos/Abseilon USA, AZ Photos, George Walsh)
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PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Workers from a Phoenix-based company had an awe-inspiring view as they dangled from ropes to clean the glass at the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge aren't easily accessible. Technicians from Abseilon USA had to hook up a series of ropes before polishing the underside Tuesday.

The structure juts out 70 feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon, offering visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.

Abseilon USA Vice President Kenneth Piposar says the company's work also has included rappelling down into the Grand Canyon to retrieve water bottles, hats and other trash.

The Skywalk is at the west end of the Grand Canyon, outside the national park's boundaries.
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