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Road Work Will Temporarily Close Magruder Corridor in Wilderness

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A Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ Photo)
There will be times this summer when you will not be able to use the Magruder Corridor Road between Montana and Idaho.

The West Fork Ranger District, in a news release, reports that damage to the road needs to be repaired in several sections – with several culvert replacements. Some of the damage was from last year’s forest fires in the area.

Road closure signs will go up from August 5 to August 16, when crews work on culverts at Schumaker and Scimitar Creek. During that same time, crews will be stabilizing the road at milepost 34, where erosion could lead to a washout during high runoff.

Another project is scheduled for August 25-to September 6, according to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest. That will be stabliziation of the several areas near Indian Creek. That work will not close the Magruder Road, but will close the Selway Road 6223 to Paradise Campground.

The 101-mile Magruder Corridor runs from the West Fork of the Bitterroot in Montana to Elk City in Idaho. The Civilian Conservation Corps built it in the 1930s. The primitive road runs between the Selway-Bitterroot and the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness Areas.

The construction dates may change, due to weather or fire season, so if you need more information call the West Fork Ranger Station at (406) 821-3269.

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