Forest Service road closed for pipeline work |

Forest Service road closed for pipeline work

Weekday closures are now in effect on Forest Service Road 843, commonly known as Mosquito Creek Road, south of New Castle.

Motorized travel on the road and camping is the area are closed Monday through Friday until Oct. 15. Both motorized travel and camping will be open during the weekends, according to a press release.

The closure is needed to accommodate work by Rocky Mountain Natural Gas on a pipeline. Work includes placing concrete pads over the shallow pipeline crossings to allow for better coverage of the pipeline.

During construction potential trenches across the road will make it inaccessible to motorized travel. Depending on work scheduling, the trenches may be left open through the night.

The road is located in the Whiteriver National Forest south on Interstate 70 between Silt and New Castle.

“Public safety is a top priority and the temporary closure protects vehicles from possible damage from construction work involving trenches,” Sarah Hankens, district ranger for the Rifle Ranger District, said in a press release. “The closure is temporary and Mosquito Road will be fully accessible by mid-October. The road will remain open to motorists and camping on the weekends.”

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