A section of the Magruder Road in Idaho will remain closed most weekdays until Aug. 29 while crews clear debris from six washouts that occurred last week, the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest announced.
The washouts, caused by heavy rainfall from thunderstorms, are located approximately seven miles west of Montana-Idaho border at Nez Perce Pass. This is the same area as last summer’s Gold Pan Complex of fires in the Frank Church-River of No Return and Selway-Bitterroot wilderness areas.
The road is closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All travel, including pedestrian, stock and motor vehicle, is prohibited from Cayuse Creek to the CCC Camp. Barricades have been posted on both sides of the closure and the public is being asked to not attempt to drive through the area. A backhoe, excavator, dump trucks, road grader and bulldozers are working on the road.
Magruder Road will be open only to high-clearance vehicles equipped with four-wheel drive weekdays after 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday. The road is one-lane only and trailers are prohibited.
Crews have made progress in the past few days clearing tons of debris that flowed across the road. Once the debris is cleared, they will begin making repairs to the roadbed and improving drainage by installing temporary culverts.
The 101-mile primitive road between Darby and Elk City, Idaho was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It allows motorists to drive between the Frank Church-River of No Return and Selway-Bitterroot wilderness areas.
For more information contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269.