Roadwork begins this weekend on Winter Park boundary project
WINTER PARK – Road reconstruction work will begin Friday, July 15, on two U.S. Forest Service roads that have long been popular mountain bike and hiking trails.
Known to the community as “D2” and “D4,” these roads have been closed to public motor vehicle use for years but have remained part of a network mountain bike trails located between Vasquez Road and Little Vasquez Road along the boundary of the Town of Winter Park.
The roads are being re-graded and resurfaced with aggregate to accommodate logging equipment and trucks as part of the Upper Fraser Boundary Fuels Treatment project. Depending on weather, construction equipment will be operating along these two roads for the next week, possibly through July 24.
These dates were chosen by Forest Service officials in coordination with Winter Park Resort and the town in an effort not to interfere with any mountain bike events .
“We are concerned about the effects on recreation and we are working around events to minimize the impact,” said Sulphur Ranger District recreation planner Mike Ricketts.
Ricketts asked mountain bikers and hikers to, “Please respect the temporary closures because you would be putting yourself in danger if you pass a closure. The equipment operators may not see you.”
The town has been eager for the Forest Service to complete its fuel reduction projects in the remaining stands that border town, and reconstructing these roads is the first step in that process. The logging contractor will have one year to complete fuel treatment on more than half a dozen small stands in this area.
Other hiking and biking trails will be impacted throughout this process. Information about future temporary trail closures related to this project will be released as it becomes available.
“We are working to minimize temporary closures as much as is practical,” said Ricketts, adding that these impacts are intended to improve public safety, both along the trails and in town. “We are trying to make it safer,” he said
Ricketts said that whenever anyone is hiking or biking on trails in Arapaho National Forest they need to be aware of the potential for falling trees: “It’s not just around these areas, it’s everywhere,” he said. “When you are biking or hiking or when it’s windy, heads up!”
For more information about recreation opportunities on the Arapaho National Forest, call the Sulphur Ranger District Visitor Information at 970-887-4100 or visit http://www.fs.fed.gov/arp.
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Editor’s note: The following letter to the community was submitted to the Sky-Hi News by Winter Park Mayor Nick Kutrumbos.