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East Fork Road reopened

The East Fork Road (No. 667) on Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest opened to full-sized vehicles today at noon.

In May of 2008, a large landside was reactivated in the East Fork area. The landslide was roughly 40 acres in size, 600 feet wide, 3,500 feet top to bottom and moved a few feet each day. The slide directly affected the East Fork Road, which was moved approximately 100 feet downhill from its former location. The road has been closed to full-sized vehicles since the slide occurred. The landslide is located approximately 12 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs in Archuleta County, about three miles east of U.S. 160 along both sides of the East Fork Road.

During the month of August, two construction projects were completed as Xcel Energy moved the above-ground pipeline upslope, out of the roadside ditch and, as a temporary improvement, gravel was placed on the route across the slide. Repairs were completed in July to an additional section of East Fork Road that collapsed in 2008, and is located about 2.5 miles east of the slide.

The completion of this work allows re-opening of the road to full-sized vehicles for the remainder of the 2009 season. It is anticipated that road building across the slide and slide stabilization work will occur during the summer of 2010. For more information, contact Pagosa Ranger District at 180 Pagosa St. or 264-2268.