Damaged Forest Service roads to remain barricaded during early hunting seasons
GRANBY – A large snowpack followed by high runoff this spring left numerous U.S. Forest Service roads severely damaged this season, and due to the extent of the problems and lack of available funds, some roads will remain closed until repairs can be implemented.The district is actively seeking funding for needed repairs.While many of these roads have been closed to the public since the damage occurred, Forest Service personnel are assessing opportunities to place barricades closer the point of damage to allow hunters greater access into some of the region’s most coveted hunting areas. Wherever possible, barricades will be placed at the turnaround nearest to the point of damage. Hunters and other visitors to the Sulphur Ranger District should watch for temporary signage posted along damaged routes. Road Damage SummaryStillwater:• 123 (Stillwater Pass) – Washout on north side of road at junction with the Vagabond Ranch access road (123.4A). Passable, one lane. • 123 (Stillwater Pass) – Slump on south side of road about 4 miles west of Idelglen Staging Area. One lane road. 10 mph speed limit advised.• 121.1 (Kauffman Road) – Impassible washout in road. Road is currently closed at gates near the junction of 123 to the north and about 1 mile past the junction of 190.1 (Kauffman South) to the south. • 113/834.1 – Passable slump on 113 has taken out nearly half of the road about 1.5 miles from intersection of 123 (Stillwater Pass). Use caution.• 120 – Erosion damage on west side of road. Passable. Cabin Creek• 112 – (Cabin Creek) Extensive damage about 1.5 miles from intersection of U.S. Highway 124. Passable. Beaver Creek• 133 (Beaver Creek) Extensive road damage approximately 4 miles east from U.S. Highway 40 at the west end of Byers Canyon. Runoff cuts through road in three locations. A fourth impassible washout, about 8 feet wide, occurred at the intersection with 260.1. Farther south, about a half-mile from the junction of 133 and 878.2, a landslide obscures a portion of the road. Beaver Creek is currently open from the west for about 4 miles east from U.S. Highway 40. From the east, Beaver Creek is currently open from the junction of 139 (Crooked Creek) about 4 miles to the junction with 260.1. Church Park• 880.1 (Rocky Point/County Road 53) – Roads in the area of the 2010 Church Park Fire are still closed to the public. Closure is effective through at least Sept. 30, 2011. Keyser Ridge• 140 (Keyser Ridge) – Complete road washout at the junction of 140 and 139 making Keyser Ridge Road inaccessible in its entirety from the junction with 139 near Horseshoe Campground. The river now runs through the road and a new bridge will be necessary to complete the repair. Currently the Keyser Ridge road system is only accessible via the K&K connection trail off Kinney Creek Road. • 141.1 (Kinney Creek) – Seep across road about 3 miles from intersection with County Road 30 poses risk of getting a vehicle stuck. Test before attempting to cross.
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