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East Fork Road to be closed for landslide repair

The East Fork Road (Forest Road No. 667) will be closed to public access from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m., on weekdays only, between Friday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Oct. 20  

The closures are necessary to allow for reconstruction of a 600-foot section of the road damaged by a large natural landslide during the spring of 2008. This schedule is designed to allow contractors to complete the project, while offering travel windows for the public during hunting season.

Repair of the East Fork Road is made possible through funding by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration. The construction contract has been awarded to J. E. Hurley Construction, Inc. of Colorado Springs. Numerous local subcontractors have been employed for services that include surveying, materials testing, and materials supply and hauling.  

Signs will be posted notifying the public of the closures at the west end of the road, near the East Fork Campground, and at the east end of the road at Elwood Pass. The East Fork Road will be barricaded between milepoint 2.7 and milepoint 3.4.  Accommodations will be made for emergency vehicles.

The public is cautioned to be aware that there will be heavy truck traffic between U.S. 160 and the project during the entire construction period.

For more information, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874.