FS REPORT ON DOWNRIVER ROAD 1-10-17
The Main Salmon River Road conditions currently are unfavorable. All travelers should be prepared for rocks, debris slides, and snow/muddy conditions as weather conditions change. Regular road maintenance activities will not begin until later this spring.
The Main Salmon River Road is not maintained by the Forest Service or Lemhi County for winter travel. The Forest typically begins routine road maintenance on the Salmon River Road in May each year. During the winter, Forest Service staff will occasionally remove large avalanche or debris slides if these slides present a threat to public health and safety. Lemhi County also provides minor road maintenance during the winter when they have equipment available and conditions have created a safety concern for residents who live along the River corridor. It is important that travelers and residents on the Main Salmon River Road evaluate road and weather conditions prior to travel. Residents must also evaluate their own risk of living year-round on the Main Salmon River Road when there is no guarantee of access or emergency services in the winter and spring.
Each year the Forest cooperates with Lemhi County to provide routine maintenance on several system roads during the summer and fall. The Forest prioritizes maintenance work on other system roads based upon road maintenance schedules, resource concerns such as erosion or failing culverts, management needs such as timber sales, public input, and required emergency work. It is important that the Forest prioritizes all road maintenance activities and partners with the counties using all available funding and resources.
“Main Salmon River Road travelers should be prepared to travel at their own risk and be prepared for avalanche and debris slides,” says Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “in addition, travelers should make sure they are prepared for delays, and let others know of travel plans in the event of an emergency.” Information is available on the Forest’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/) or travelers may call the North Fork Ranger District Office at 208-865-2700 to get updated road information. The Forest will resume regular road maintenance activities including grading and dust abatement late this spring.
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