Combined Efforts on the Coffeepot Road: Deep Creek Bridge Replacement and Road Maintenance

Combined Efforts on the Coffeepot Road: Deep Creek Bridge Replacement and Road Maintenance

MINTURN, Colo. October 3, 2019 – A bridge replacement and road improvements were recently completed on nearly 29 miles of the Coffeepot Road (National Forest System Road 600.1) on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest. The Forest Service contracted RMC Consultants to replace the aging bridge at the Deep Creek crossing. Additionally, Eagle and Garfield Counties improved the road surface while the Rifle Correctional Center State Wildland Inmate Fire Team removed brush to improve sight distance.

Historically, the Coffeepot Road near Deep Lake was initially a wagon road leading to Deep Lake Resort and then on to Budges Resort in the late 1800s. In response to the Spruce Beetle outbreak, Coffeepot Road was improved as a Forest Service road in the 1940s to handle the transport of logs to mills in Gypsum and Eagle. It is one of the busiest backcountry roads on the White River National Forest today as it is the main corridor into the southeastern side of the Flat Tops region.

"A big thank you to our partners and contractor on this project to improve the road, replace the aging bridge, provide continued historical access, and increase public safety," said Aaron Mayville, Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger.

As always, the public is urged to exercise caution while traveling any road on the White River National Forest. For more information, contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.

 

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