Temporary road weight restrictions have been implemented on the South Fork of the Salmon River Road located on the Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest and the Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest. The temporary weight restriction prohibits use of the road by all motorized vehicles with a weight of more than 10,000 lbs. on the steering axle and tire width less than 9 inches, and a weight of more than 300 lbs. per inch of tire on all other axles.
The weight restrictions are implemented annually to help protect natural resources from damage and to limited roadway damage during spring thaw conditions. This allows for the protection of natural resources and reduction of road maintenance cost. The weight restriction will remain in effect until June 1st, or until Forest engineers determine that no further damage will occur.
The Council Ranger District has temporarily closed the East Fork of the Weiser River Road (#50172) from Highway 95 to the East Fork Bridge, as current roadway conditions on portions of that section are dangerous to the traveling public. Snow melt has created a slick surface on the out-sloped roadway, with soil, rocks, and vegetation falling from the steep back-slope above. Vehicles may either get stuck or slide off the edge of the road and down into the river. The closure is required for public safety; to protect the road from further resource damage; and for reconstruction.
This page will be updated as new information is released. Please check this page frequently as weather, work schedules and other circumstances may change quickly. Call the relevant District Office for more detailed information. Thank you and have a safe visit to the Payette National Forest!