Work has commenced on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' Owl Creek Road Improvement Project. Overall, there has been great public support and enthusiasm for the work, but recently the project contractor has begun expressing concerns over public safety due to unsafe driving in the project area. A primary priority of work for the GMUG is the safety of both the public and those who work for it. It is with this in mind that GMUG reiterates the need for all those in the area to slow down and drive safely.
Work for the project is scheduled until winter snowfall makes the area inaccessible. This means that heavy equipment such as motor graders, dump trucks, rollers, excavators and water trucks will be operating in the area into the foreseeable future. Many of these pieces of equipment are 1.5 to 2 times the size of the average passenger vehicles and lack the ability to quick maneuver in tight spaces. With much of the project's work taking place around Owl Creek Road's narrow and blind turn areas, excessive speed and a lack of situational awareness can lead to accidental collisions that will inflict far more damage on passenger vehicles along with a high probability for serious bodily injury while causing little to no damage to the equipment.
While safety measures have been put into place by construction crews it is your responsibility to drive safely. The GMUG encourages everyone to keep their safety along with the safety of their passengers and other travelers in mind when travelling on national forest system lands.