If you had plans to travel over the Eagle-Thomasville Road between Aug. 15 and the end of September, you will want to find an alternate route.
Starting Aug. 15, the Forest Service will be replacing a culvert on National Forest System Road 400.0 (the Eagle-Thomasville Road). The construction project is located at the Lime Creek crossing at the intersection with NFSR 506 (NFSR 506 to remain open during construction). It is anticipated that the closure will remain in effect through September.
This construction project is part of an ongoing Forest Service program to replace aging corrugated metal culverts. The new structures are designed to better handle peak stream flows and provide easier passage for fish and other aquatic animals. The new culverts, called an Aquatic Organism Passage, are wider than a round culvert and have an open bottom allowing the stream channel to maintain more of its natural characteristics. This design, in turn, allows aquatic organisms to more freely move up and down the stream channel. These new passages are also less likely to catch woody debris that can block a culvert and cause damaging flooding during periods of high water.
The Forest Service regrets any inconvenience these road closures may cause Forest users. The public is urged to exercise caution while traveling any road on the White River National Forest and to respect all road closures where construction activities are taking place.
For more information, contact the Sopris Ranger District at (970) 963-2266.