“Our structural engineers concluded that two of the three wooden bridges along the road are at risk of failure,” said Jim Buck, operations project manager of the Rogue River Basin Project.
“I know the local community likes to use the old road to access areas above Elk Creek Dam during the summer and fall, but their safety is my number one concern,” said Buck. “Last summer we limited traffic to a single lane at one bridge, but further review of the inspection results indicates we need to stop all vehicle traffic.”
While closed to vehicles, the road and dispersed areas are still accessible to the public via foot traffic and bicycles for picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing and other recreation activities. Vehicles may be parked along the road near the gate.
The road will remain closed to vehicle traffic until funding is available to replace the three bridges, which were built in the early 1950s. Earliest construction would begin in 2011 if funds are received.
For information about the road closure or recreation opportunities offered by the Rogue River Basin Project, call 541-878-2255 or visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/op/r/home.asp.