Forest Installing New Culverts on Skalkaho Creek – Road Closed

Contact(s): Tod McKay

Hamilton, Montana – The Bitterroot National Forest is planning to install two new culverts on the Darby Ranger District’s Skalkaho Creek tributaries.  The work is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, next week and continue for approximately four weeks.  Heavy equipment from the project will be parked on Skalkaho/Rye Creek Road #75 at mile posts 5.8 and 6.0, making the road impassable.    

Signs will be posted in the area alerting drivers to the road work.  

The forest is replacing the culverts at these locations along with doing road repairs and other improvements.  The current culverts are not sufficient in size and during high runoff may pose potential risks to the road.  Besides increasing stream flows, the new culverts incorporate stream simulation to improve the passage of fish and other aquatic organisms.  

For more information contact the Darby Ranger District at (406) 821-3913.  Stay in touch with us through  and




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