Additionally, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF is advising travelers that there will be heavy truck traffic and logging machinery along the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway south of Wise River beginning Sept. 16. Work will be taking place between Sheep Creek Trailhead and the Lupine Shelter area. To provide for safety of the workers and public while this work is occurring Beaverhead County has issued an emergency speed limit ordinance of 35 mph from mile marker 20.75 to mile marker 38.08 until work on this project is completed.
Travelers are advised to drive with extra caution and to expect up to 15 minute delays as heavy machinery will be operating within close proximity to the paved road. Travelers are also advised that they may not be seen by the heavy machine operators and to drive slow and expect debris on the paved road. Favorite campsites may not be available as logging work progresses.
The trees being removed are considered hazardous as they have been affected by the mountain pine beetle. The hazard tree removal project is being conducted to improve public safety. Logging truck traffic will increase and travelers can expect to see significant traffic starting early morning and continuing throughout daylight hours. Work along the Byway will continue through mid-December. For additional information contact the Wise River Ranger District at (406) 832-3178.