Eagle/Thomasville Road to be rebuilt | AspenTimes.com

Eagle/Thomasville Road to be rebuilt

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Reconstruction work will begin early next month on the Eagle/Thomasville Road in the White River National Forest and continue throughout the summer and fall, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Users may encounter lengthy delays on weekdays while the work is under way. The project is necessary to accommodate a timber sale in the Crooked Creek area of the national forest, according to the agency.

Forest Road 400 links Eagle, on the Interstate 70 corridor, with Thomasville to the south, in the upper Fryingpan Valley.

Road reconstruction will occur in both the Sopris and Eagle Ranger districts, with construction operations anticipated to begin June 4 and continue through late September/mid-October.

The segment of the road slated for work is located about one mile above Sylvan Lake State Park, continuing south to the junction of Jakeman Road (Forest Road 512). Reconstruction will also occur on portions of the nearby Powerline Road (Forest Road 431), the Powerline – Connector Road (Forest Road 431.1N), the Nowhere Road (Forest Road 431.1N) at Crooked Creek Pass and the Coyote Road (Forest Road 420) near Lime Park.

Crews will work Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and travelers can expect portions of the Eagle/Thomasville Road to be closed for up to three hours at a time while work is under way. No work will occur on weekends or holidays to minimize impacts to visitors recreating in the area.

The planned timber sale will require the hauling of logs and will result in increased traffic on the road. Several safety and resource protection features need to be added before the sale can occur, according to the Forest Service, including clearing brush and trees for improved sight distances, as well as the addition of turnouts. Culverts and stream-protecting gravel will be added to reduce erosion and sedimentation.

For further information, contact Bruce Moss of the White River National Forest supervisor’s office in Glenwood Springs at (970) 945-3225.

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