Forest Service roads opening in Eagle County |

Forest Service roads opening in Eagle County

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado – After a delay of several weeks due to lingering snow, Forest Service officials said Tuesday that several gated roads on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District will be opened for public motorized travel as of this Friday.

Gates will be swung open on Resolution Road (Forest Road 702), Berry Creek Road (FR 774), and June Creek Road (FR 717). Shrine Pass will be opened from Red Cliff Road (FR 709), but the gate will remain locked on the Vail Pass/I-70 side until a large snow bank melts.

Red Sandstone Road (FR 700) will open to motorized traffic on July 1 as well, but visitors should expect delays due to tree removal.

The Forest Service says it has discovered a rash of vandalism and resource damage this spring. The gate at Red Sandstone was destroyed on Saturday, and several locks on other gates have been cut. Areas on the White River Plateau have been damaged by drivers cutting off-road to try to get around snow drifts.

Beginning July 5, Red Sandstone Road will be closed for tree removal Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Work is expected to occur through August. The road will be open to the public with traffic delays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

For Red Sandstone Road from Muddy Pass side, travelers should expect traffic delays. The Forest Service will have a contractor performing road maintenance and surface rock replacement work from the junction with State Highway 131 north and east to the junction with Red and White Road.

The public should expect traffic delays on Forest Service roads 412 (Gypsum Creek) and 422 (Squaw Creek) during the week of July 5. The Forest Service will have crews felling hazardous trees along these roads.

The Forest Service will have crews felling hazardous trees along East Lake Creek Trail during the week of July 5.

Call 970-827-5715 with questions.

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