Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mineral Bottom Road Open This Season

For those of you who have been following the dialogue about the Mineral Bottom Road, it was announced Friday that the road construction will be completed Monday, March 28, 2011 with the road being open to the public on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.  This is great news.

The Mineral Bottom Road was washed out in a horrific rain storm in August, 2010.  This is a major tourist back way that cut off access to a large portion of Canyonlands National Park. 

The road was supposed to take 12 weeks to repair, once Grand County, the overseeing state entity, received funds.  It looked like this would take away most of the travel season in 2011.

 This is what the road looked like in August 2010 just after the washout.

This is what the damage looked like close up when we went down in October 2010.

Congratulations to the crew who put this road back in service in such a short time.  This truly was a gigantic task that was done very quickly so we could enjoy the backcountry.  Thanks.

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