Bitterroot National Forest Starts Two Travel Projects
The Bitterroot National Forest has advised forest users about a road improvement project and trail bridge removal this summer.
Tod McKay, public affairs officer, said Blue Jay Lane and Hayes Creek Road, in the vicinity of the Westside Vegetation Management Project and timber sale, will be improved to allow more traffic to and from the project.
He said the work will start June 26 and continue for several weeks, with activity planned only on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Part of the project includes replacement of culverts. That will cause some slight delays for local residents.
Meanwhile, in the West Fork, McKay said the Watchtower Trail Bridge near Fales Flat Campground will be removed, due to unsafe conditions. The bridge near milepost .75 on the Watchtower Creek Trail #699 is near the Nez Perce Road. A main wood stringer under the bridge was cracked and there were holes in the bridge decking. A railing also was damaged this winter.
The bridge is being removed this week.
For more information on the bridge project, contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269. For information on the Hayes Creek Road project, contact the Darby/Sula Ranger District at (406) 821-3913.
Information is also at the Bitterroot National Forest Facebook page.