This closure will aid project engineers preparing for reconstruction of a segment of Taneum Road damaged by flood waters in May of 2011. Core samples will be collected by a drill rig which will be set in place on a very narrow section of the road; these samples will provide geologic data necessary for the implementation of repairs. Drilling will take place at a point where the road is flanked by a steep cut bank on the uphill side and Taneum Creek on the downhill side which makes a detour around the site impracticable.
Once the project is complete and equipment is removed from the area, and if conditions permit, snow will be moved back onto the route and groomed for winter recreation. If current weather conditions prevail, plowing may not be necessary. When weather and snow conditions permit, the Sno-Park will be moved further up the valley to near Icewater Creek Campground.