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Owl Creek Road to Undergo Improvements

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717, Dylan Peters 970-874-6625

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests announce the commencement of the Owl Creek and Cimarron Road (NFSR 858) Improvement Project. The project will improve over 14 miles of road through the addition of driving surface gravel, the replacement of culverts and the removal of roadside vegetation and other roadside ditch debris.

The project’s focus is to improve overall driver safety by increasing driver visibility, providing a more stable driving surface and improving road drainage and rain runoff. The gravel for the project will be provided from an existing gravel pit located on the GMUG, helping decrease the overall project cost and environmental impacts. While the initial removal of roadside vegetation will not be aesthetically pleasing, experts predict it will take less than two years for new growth to take place.

Improvements are scheduled to take place from July 2018 through October 2018 and from June 2019 until project completion. Weather conditions will be a major influence on the project timeline. The project area begins 6 miles from the intersection of US-50 and will continue 15 miles to the intersection of County Road 8. Due to the presence of heavy construction equipment, large quantities of dust and anticipated delays of 30 minute or more the Forest Service respectfully requests for travelers to be considerate during the project.

The Forest Service would like to acknowledge the public’s patience and understanding during this period.