USFS plans road work on Grand Mesa

By Press Release


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests' Grand Valley Ranger District will be undertaking summer road work on the Grand Mesa National Forest. The work will primarily be on Flowing Park Road (NFSR 109) and Highway 65 in the County Line and Skyway areas. These projects will cause traffic delays and road closures through the beginning of September.

The Flowing Park Road (NFSR 109) project will be a crushing operation for road bed improvement that began July 12. During this period the road will remain open to the public, and road construction signs will be posted at the junction of Lands' End Road (NFSR 100) and Flowing Park Road (NFSR 109). The public is advised to be cautious as backhoes and excavators will be working in the area. Starting on July 31 work crews will begin crushing operations. During these operations the road will be closed Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the road being open to public access nightly and on the weekends. Crushing operations are expected to last through the month of August. The Forest Service advises all campers in the area to leave the area by Sunday, July 30.

The Highway 65 project involves several major road improvements. A deceleration lane and a left turn lane will be established near the County Line trailhead, and the Skyway trailhead entrance will be rerouted. The County Line parking lot will be closed from July 17 to early September, and the Skyway parking lot will be closed from July 24 to mid-September. Public using Highway 65 should expect delays during the construction process, especially in the County Line area.

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