Construction will Require Two Road Closures Near Lemolo Canal System and Deer Creek on Umpqua National Forest
ROSEBURG, OR – October 21, 2015 – Two roads on the Diamond Lake Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest, are scheduled for temporary closure during the construction of projects by PacifiCorp as required by the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project. A bridge resurfacing and two aquatic reconnections of streams will begin on October 24th, after the High Cascade bull elk hunt season is completed.
The Burma Road (Forest Road 34-072) will be closed at Nurse Creek while two new culverts are installed. The road follows the Lemolo canal system east and west. The culverts will allow various aquatic organisms to freely move under the road system. This road will be closed for approximately six weeks during installation, reopening around December 6.
The Deer Creek Bridge resurfacing will occur on the Toketee-Rigdeon Road (Forest Road 34). A 2.82-mile segment of road from the intersection of Forest Road 3402 (Lemolo 2 Forebay Road) to the intersection of Forest Roads 34 and 34-100 (Potter Mountain Road) could be closed as late as December 19 during the bridge upgrade.
The North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project, licensed to PacifiCorp by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is partially located on the Diamond Lake Ranger District. As part of the license, the Settlement Agreement requires multiple mitigation and enhancement projects on or near the hydroelectric project.
The public is encouraged to enjoy other areas that the Diamond Lake Ranger District has to offer while avoiding these two temporary road closures. For more information, contact the Diamond Lake Ranger District at 541-498-2531.