Out and About: Outdoors news of note

Statesman staffOctober 31, 2013 

Roaring River Road closed for bridge repairs

A portion of Forest Road 255 is temporarily closed through around Nov. 15 to complete emergency bridge repairs at the Middle Fork Boise River crossing. The road is popular, especially during hunting season. It is used to get access to Sheep Mountain and Lower Roaring River trailheads.

Forest Road 255 is closed at the Middle Fork Boise River crossing, at the intersection with Forest Road 268 to about a quarter mile south of the crossing at a landing along Forest Road 255. This is the only road segment closed.

Surrounding areas are accessible via the Phifer Creek Road (Forest Road 156), the Trinity Creek Road (Forest Road 172), and the Trinity Ridge Road (Forest Road 129).

The Forest Service discourages hauling trailers on the alternate routes. Also, anticipate delays and truck traffic on the Phifer Creek Road as roadside hazard trees are being felled and hauled.

A routine inspection this summer of the Roaring River Bridge showed significant scour around and beneath the upstream side of the northern pier. The cause may be due to increased flows and debris as a result of fires. For more information contact the Mountain Home Ranger Station at 587-7961.

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