Construction delays, closures affect Idaho forest roads

STATESMAN STAFFJuly 18, 2013 

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ROGER PHILLIPS — rphillips@idahostatesman.com

Trail building and road work are underway in the Boise and Payette national forests as crews make repairs during good weather.

Here's a list of road and trail conditions announced this week:

PINE/FEATHERVILLE

• A portion of the popular Trinity Creek Road 172 will be closed from July 24-Aug. 2 to replace a culvert at the North Fork Trinity Creek crossing, which is at Milepost 11.7. The road is used to get to the Trinity Mountain-Rainbow Basin Recreation Area.

The road will be closed about 7.2 miles up from the main Featherville/Pine Road starting at the junction of Forest Road 183 (Wagontown Road) and Forest Road 172. The closure continues on Forest Road 172 to the junction with Forest Road 129.

Trinity Mountain-Rainbow Basin Recreation Area will be accessible via the Phifer Creek Road 156 and/or the Trinity Ridge Road 129. Hauling recreational trailers is not advised on the alternate routes.

GARDEN VALLEY

• Road work is being conducted on nine miles of Forest Road 693 in the Scriver Creek drainage, located six miles north of Crouch. The work is expected to be completed by Sept. 1. Drivers might experience delays up to two hours.

MCCALL AREA

• A temporary bridge over Fall Creek just a few miles east of Payette Lake used to access forest lands just north of the Crestline Trail and Blackwell Lake will be removed within the next two weeks and replaced with a wadeable ford for hikers and mountain bikers during low water.

• The Burgdorf-French Creek Road 50246 will be graveled for five miles, and two cross-drain culverts installed in the section from Burgdorf Hot Springs to the junction of Carey Creek Road 50318. Work was expected to start in mid-July. During the culvert installations, the road may be closed for up to four hours at a time Monday through Wednesday.

• The Goose Lake Road 50257 will be graveled for a mile beginning 0.5 miles from the junction with Brundage Mountain Ski Area to Clow Point.

• Thunder Mountain Road 50375 will be widened for full-sized vehicle access across a 50-foot-long portion of road adjacent to Monumental Creek. The work is planned for mid-August to late September, and the road will be closed for up to two weeks during the repair.

• Work on the bridge on Upper Payette Lake Road at Milepost 2.2 might affect access to the upper group site during daytime hours.

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