The U.S. Forest Service will be replacing the failed culvert on the Burnt Mountain Road (Forest Road 506) through Oct. 18. During construction, the road will be closed from the North Fork Road to the Harry Gates Hut. Access to the Harry Gates Hut will remain open. Forest users may wish to utilize alternative routes during this time.
This project is part of an ongoing Forest Service program to replace aging corrugated metal culverts with structures that are designed to better handle peak stream flows and provide easier passage for fish and other aquatic animals. The new culverts, called an Aquatic Organism Passage, are wider than a round culvert and have an open bottom allowing the stream channel to maintain more of its natural characteristics. This design, in turn, allows aquatic organisms to more freely move up and down the stream channel. These new passages are also less likely to catch woody debris that can block a culvert and cause damaging flooding during periods of high water.
The public is urged to exercise caution while traveling any road on the White River National Forest and to respect all road closures where construction activities are taking place.