SOUTHWEST OR--A short segment of theBear Camp Road (Forest Service Road 23) is scheduled to be temporarily closed for an approximate three-week period for culvert replacements. The closure period will begin on Tuesday, August 26, to start immediate work on the site. Pending no complications or delays, it is anticipated the road will re-open on Friday, September 19.
“We are very fortunate to receive the Legacy Road funding needed to make improvements on one of our primary routes for recreation access to the Rogue River and to the National Forest,” said Gold Beach District Ranger Tina Lanier.
An alternate route on FSR 2308 (Burnt Ridge Road) will provide a loop for vehicular traffic to avoid the construction area. Recent maintenance on the gravel detour route has been completed; users are advised to reduce speeds to minimize impacts to the road surface. It is estimated the alternate route will add approximately 15 minutes to travel time. Those utilizing the route are being asked to plan accordingly.
The culvert replacements will occur at mileposts 33.62 and 33.67. The culvert replacements are essential to keeping the Bear Camp Road open; a culvert failure would inevitably close the road for an extended period.
“We regret any negative impacts that this closure may have on outfitter guides and recreationists during the high use season and appreciate your patience during repairs,” added Lanier.
The contract has been awarded to Weekly Brothers of Idleyld Park, OR for an approximate total of $100,000.