Four-wheeling enthusiasts and hunters will face travel limits in the Schofield Park area this fall because of a problem with a bridge on Schofield Pass Road, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Crystal River Bridge No. 5 between the Devil’s Punchbowl to the north and Schofield Park to the south has been deemed unsafe and closed, the Forest Service said Tuesday. The closure will be in effect until further notice.
The closure is roughly 2.5 miles southeast of the town of Crystal. It’s in the White River National Forest, within Gunnison County.
No one with the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District could be reached for comment on the type of problem that was discovered. Both the Aspen and Carbondale offices of the Forest Service remain closed because of the federal government shutdown. The agency sent out a statement notifying the public that the emergency closure was enacted.
The shutdown also will affect the agency’s ability to repair the bridge. It is questionable whether the route will reopen this fall.
“The bridge has been determined unsafe and will be closed until a plan of action can be developed and implemented,” the statement said. “While the bridge is closed for repairs, users will have to consider alternate routes, which may increase distances to destinations. The Forest Service regrets any inconvenience this road closure may cause.”