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Bridge work closes Road 25 on Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm with No Comments »
May 28, 2009 1:29 pm

Work on a temporary bridge over Benham Creek on Forest Road 25, south of Randle means the road is closed just south of Iron Creek during the construction. Gifford Pinchot National Forest visitors should be prepared to encounter dump truck traffic on Forest Roads 76, 28 and 23.

Here is the rest of the news release:

The temporary bridge should be in place and open to traffic by late-June. This will allow for access to the east side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and the popular Windy Ridge view point.

"While the flooding in the fall of 2008 wasn’t as widespread as the

previous two years, Forest Road 25 and Forest Road 54 took the brunt of the damage," said Ron Freeman, Public Services Staff Officer for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. "We truly appreciate the work Federal Highways Administration is doing to help us reopen Forest Road 25 and other key Forest roads."

Visitors to the Cispus Learning Center should be alert to heavy truck traffic that will be hauling material in the vicinity of the Center. Hauling will occur Monday thru Thursday during daylight hours.

Material is being hauled from the Benham Creek slide to a disposal site to an area located on Forest Road 2300100.

The Forest has started work with Federal Highways on design and replacement of the bridge over Benham Creek. Completion of the permanent bridge is scheduled for 2010.

During the past winter several Forest roads, including roads 21, 25 and 54, experienced landslides and storm damage.

Click here for updates on weather and road conditions.

For current Forest road information, please contact Gifford Pinchot

National Forest offices. The Forest Headquarters in Vancouver can be

reached at 360-891-5000; Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Headquarters in Amboy can be reached at 360-449-7800, and Mount Adams Ranger District in Trout Lake can be reached at 509-395-3400.

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