Fremont-Winema National Forest road closure
Release Date: Apr 29, 2016
Contact(s): Tamara Schmidt
LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Forest Service Road 28 on the Fremont-Winema National Forest outside of Lakeview will be closed beginning Monday, May 2 until work is completed later this summer.
The closure begins at the National Forest boundary and stretches approximately 7 miles. Commonly known as Thomas Creek Road, Forest Road 28 is a popular access route for Dairy Point Campground, Campbell and Dead Horse Lakes, the Chewaucan River and other sites on the Forest.
“The Fremont-Winema National Forest received Federal Highway Administration funds to reconstruct the pavement and subbase in the most severe locations along this route,” said Recreation, Engineering, Archaeology, Lands and Minerals Staff Officer Chuck Burley. “This was a response to pavement safety hazards on Road 28, which will be taken care of this summer.”
To provide for a safe construction site, the road is being closed Mondays at 6 a.m. through Fridays at 6 p.m., 24 hours per day, during construction. The road will be open weekends, beginning at 6 p.m. on Fridays until 6 a.m. on Mondays.
A detour is available off Highway 140 approximately 20 miles west of Lakeview, following Road 3870 (signed as access to Cottonwood Meadows) to the northeast and then left on Road 3724 to where it joins Forest Road 28.
Local landowners along the route are being issued permits by the Forest Service to access their property during the closure.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and helping us maintain the safety of the road construction contractor and their employees while they work to make Forest Road 28 safer for the public and Forest Service employees,” Burley said.
As construction is completed, the public will be notified when the road will be open again on weekdays.
For more information, please contact the Fremont-Winema National Forest at 541-947-2151, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema or follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF.