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Selway Road work is in beginning stages



— Road construction on Selway Road 223 on the Moose Creek Ranger District started Monday, Aug. 1. Debco Construction of Orofino will recondition the roadbed, apply new gravel, construct retaining walls and perform bridge work at Nineteen Mile Creek and Gedney Creek from milepost 6.78 to 19.45.

A detour road at Nineteen Mile Creek is planned until the work is completed and no road closure is anticipated. Travelers should expect heavy truck traffic, construction equipment and delays that may last up to two hours.

This project is a partnership between Federal Highways, the Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Department, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Forest Service Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (CFLRP).

Other road reconstruction projects include the Big Smith Culvert Replacement on Road 101 near Syringa on the Lochsa Powell Ranger District. Work also started at this site on Monday, Aug. 1. North Wind Construction from Kellogg will replace a culvert with a larger pipe to accommodate flood flows.

Travelers should expect heavy truck traffic and construction equipment, and a road closure is planned for Aug. 8 at milepost 4.3. The road closure is planned for six weeks, with an anticipated opening date of Sept. 19.

This project is funded by the CFLRP project and also will mitigate fire effects from the 2015 fire season.

The final project under way is the Powell Culvert Replacement project on Road 102 milepost 0.5 on the access road to Powell Ranger Station. It also began Monday, Aug. 1, and Price Contracting of Stevensville, Mont., holds the contract. A bottomless arch pipe will replace a culvert to improve aquatic passage and flood flow conditions.

Travelers should expect heavy truck traffic and construction equipment, and a road closure is planned for Aug. 8. The road closure is planned for three weeks, with an anticipated opening date of Aug. 29. Alternate access routes are available via Road 111 and are limited to local traffic only.

Visitors are asked to stay away from the area because of hazards linked to high voltage power lines and uneven terrain linked to stream diversion and culvert excavation and backfill. Lolo Pass Visitor Center will provide visitor services for the Powell Ranger Station during the course of the project.

This project is funded through a partnership between the Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Department, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Forest Service. For information, contact Susan Graves, forest engineer, at 935-4261.



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