The Boise National Forest has published a new Winter Travel Map that is available to the public. To implement the restrictions on the new map, attached is a closure order that replaces over-snow vehicle restrictions previously found on three separate orders. The attached closure order does not create new restrictions. In addition, other over-snow vehicle closure orders still remain in place (i.e. Idaho City Airport, Van Wyck Creek-Cascade RD, short-term closures, etc.). View the Order.View the old termination Order.
Construction is beginning on the Davey’s bridge replacement project located where the Banks-Lowman highway crosses the Middle Fork of the Payette River just south of Crouch. While this project is not on Forest Service lands, it will impact travel on the Forest. The bridge will be constructed a half lane at a time and will not result in long term road closures, however delays should be expected.
Gem County Road & Bridge Department, in cooperation with the Boise National Forest, will be conducting an aggregate resurfacing project on Third Fork Road, Forest Road 618, from Dodson Pass to Mill Creek Summit. The funding for this 8mile long section of roadway was made possible by two Resource Advisory Committee grants authorized from the Secure Rural School and Community Self-Determination Act.
Work is expected to begin in August 2012 and finish by mid-September 2012. Work to be done is roadside brushing; borrow ditching for better drainage, and reshaping the roadway before final aggregate is placed. Drivers are asked to use caution on this road while the work is being conducted.
Drivers should expect minor delays during this project, for more information contact Gem County Road Department at (208)-365-3305.
The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will be conducting road maintenance activities along approximately 8 miles of National Forest System Road #693 within the Scriver Creek drainage, located 6 miles north of Crouch, Idaho. Work is expected to begin on July 9, 2012 and be completed by September 1st. Work includes: blading, ditch cleanout, spot road surface aggregate placement and ditch armoring to reduce surface erosion and potholing, and replacement of deteriorating drainage structures (culverts). Drivers can expect delays during road maintenance activities of up to 2 hours. For more information contact the Emmett Ranger District at 208-365-7000.
The Bridge that crosses the North Fork Boise River near Barber Flats is closed to vehicles greater than 50 inches due to public safety concerns caused by aging of the bridge. The bridge will have barricades installed to prevent larger vehicles from crossing. NFS road 376 (Barber Flats to Alexander Flats cutoff) will remain open to larger vehicles, but those vehicles will not be able to cross the bridge and must drive back the way they came in. For those not familiar with the 376 road, this road is not suitable for trailers/RVs, so avoid recommending this route as an alternative to access the dispersed campsites along the North Fork of the Boise River.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho – The current widespread Forest closure for areas in the vicinity of the Elk and Pony Complex fires will be revised and significantly reduced effective Wednesday, November 7 at noon.
BOISE, Idaho – On August 17 Forest Service Air Attack personnel discovered the Little Queens Fire in the Sawtooth Wilderness, northwest of Atlanta, Idaho. A revised Closure Order for portions of the Boise and Sawtooth National Forest will be in effect on 8-30-2013. VIEW the CLOSURE #3