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On LC 01 map #19, Western Ave. is closed between Bartlett and north of Percival due to two separate incidents related to flood damage and a vehicle accident. Local county officials claim that the road has been planned to re-open with a standard chip-seal surface, but progress is mired in bureaucracy between FEMA, the railroad, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Therefore the current timeframe for re-opening is indefinite. In the meantime, it is suggested to use the Hamburg Option alternate routing to the east. For cyclists who do not want to go all the way south into Hamburg, it has been reported that 155th St. west of Thurman can be used to cross back over, and the route is open to the south from there. See attached image below.

There is little info posted online regarding this closure. For updates, the Fremont Co. Secondary Roads department can be reached at 712-374-2613

Nathan
ACA

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Update: as of 9/8/22, FR 150 remains closed. According to managers, "There is no immediate plan to lift this closure, it will be weather dependent as public safety dictates." There is a good chance that the detour posted above will be applicable through the rest of the 2022 riding season.

For further info, here is the incident webpage again: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8103/

Nathan
ACA

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The Tommy Thompson Trail trestle bridge between Fidalgo Bay RV Park and March Point Rd. has been indefinitely closed due to suspected arson. This bridge is used for routing on Pacific Coast Section 1, Washington Parks Section 1 and Northern Tier Section 1. Here is a press release with more info: https://www.goskagit.com/news/fire-damages-tommy-thompson-trail-trestle-bridge-in-anacortes/article_a09ae764-28b1-11ed-b9d0-13274823bb88.html

The suggested detour is, unfortunately, to follow SR 20. Here is the detour in EB direction: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40864784
And here it is in the WB direction (which actually bypasses a fair bit of the highway): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40864902

Nathan
ACA

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Segments of the GD Canada Flathead Alternate route are closed due to the Weasel Fire. The affected roads are Cabin Rd., Wigwam Rd. and Phillips Rd., and include Cabin and Galton passes, and the famous "Wall" passage above the Wigwam River. Here is the order from BC Wildfire Services: https://blog.gov.bc.ca/bcwildfire/updated-area-restriction-in-effect-for-weasel-creek-wildfire/

Travel through the Flathead Valley along the alternate is still possible following a portion of the Tour Divide race route. Southbound, from near junction of Flathead Rd. & Lower Harvey Rd., cyclists can turn right onto Lodgepole Rd. and intersect the Elk Valley Trail (main route) south of Morrisey at turn I. Or continue south onto the old route along PR 3 to Elko.

Here is that detour: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40612348

Nathan
ACA

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Or for those so inclined, this routing has the least overall amount of miles riding US 93:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40551235

Nathan
ACA

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The results of the tragic floods in eastern Kentucky are still being assessed and information is beginning to come out, but very slowly.

The following is from https://ekytransportation-kytc.hub.arcgis.com/, a website for Eastern Kentucky Transportation Updates impacted by the flooding:

UPDATES
August 1, 2022
The Pikeville highway district (District 12) includes six of the 13 disaster counties – Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Martin and Pike. All state routes are passable.
In the Jackson highway district (District 10) – which includes Breathitt, Magoffin, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe counties – repairs to roadways will begin today with the help of contractor crews.
Four state routes in Perry County remain closed or partially closed.
Detours are available on three of those routes. The lone exception is Kentucky Route 1146, which runs through the Lost Creek area.
13 crews from the highway districts at Bowling Green, Somerset, Flemingsburg and Manchester are in Breathitt County to assist in clearing county roads.
Bridge inspections are continuing as inspectors are able to gain access.
So far, 627 bridges in the declared disaster counties have been assessed.
Inspectors have found 21 bridges with issues that range from being impassable because of debris to being completely washed out. They include county bridges as well as state bridges.
Transportation Cabinet personnel and vehicles are engaged in transporting supplies and equipment throughout the flood zone (like water, cots, ready-to-eat meals, travel trailers).
Crews are coordinating with the Division of Emergency Management to set up travel trailers for temporary sheltering for displaced families.

Very generally, the big impacts on the TA Section 11 route includes the Kentucky River basin and tributaries from map #129-131. The closures and washouts include, but should not be considered limited to: SR 451 between Chavies and Hazard (map #130), SR 899 between Hindman and Bevinsville (map #131), and possibly others brought to light in the coming days.

Some areas have posted detours around closures, while others will consist of lengthy delays in traffic. As per Kentucky DOT, travelers should use caution and discretion when traveling on these routes, and avoid travel if possible in the affected areas. ACA stands by this recommendation at this time.

For bike travelers on the TA looking to pass through central Appalachia in the coming days, we suggest a different route that avoids eastern Kentucky. The Eastern Express Route is a significant departure to the north, has nearly 300 miles of unpaved surfaces along the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage, and passes through fairly remote areas between Washington DC and Pittsburgh. It also has the advantage of being a vetted, quality bike route that is commonly ridden by others (and glowingly referred to afterwards) during long-distance bike tours. Also, the route has documented resources including cyclist services, route maps and other helpful details. Eastbound, connections to the Eastern Express can be made from TA Section 8 in eastern Kansas, or further along using various ACA routes (Route 66 Section 2, or Underground Railroad Sections 2-4). The TA Trail can be rejoined south of Washington DC on Atlantic Coast Section 3.

https://www.easternexpressroute.com/

We welcome any other shorter detour options posted here, either from local in-the-know riders or re-routed bike tourists.

Nathan
ACA Cartographer







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And as of 7/19/22, Carson NF lands traversed by the GDMBR have reopened.

Nathan
ACA

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Follow-up on tornado impacts 4/6/22:
We have received reports that the shoulder of US 90 between the Mississippi/Louisiana state line and New Orleans is riddled with debris and other "junk", thereby causing a cyclist to take the lane. The timeline for clearing the shoulders is unknown. In the meantime, exercise extreme caution on this stretch.

Between Pass Christian and Biloxi on map #88-89, it has been reported that the boardwalk path is covered with wind-drifted sand in many locations. It is not advised to follow Beach Blvd./US 90. If a boardwalk is not navigable, it is suggested to follow the many residential roads directly north and parallel to the boardwalk. For more info, the Tri-Hard bike shop in Ocean Springs has proven to be a great resource for local routing.

http://trihardsportsms.com/
(228) 215-1199


Nathan
ACA Cartographer

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Ongoing logging activity on GD Canada/Elk Valley Trail between Fernie and Hosmer has made following the existing route on bike untenable for the time being. Trails BC has recommended a detour using mainly parts of PR 3 and Dicken Rd. See attached image for route section affected and rough guide to the suggested detour.

Trails BC announcement posted here, and also good place to check for future updates:
https://trailsbc.ca/tct/east-kootenay/fernie-sparwood

And here is the suggested detour in RWGPS format:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38341132

Nathan
ACA


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Despite the devastating flooding in Waverly, TN, current GRS Sec02 and UGRR Sec02 routing remains passable based on this map of Tennessee road closures: https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic?features=incident,traffic&position=36.09197477,-87.71706497,13

See attached pic for closure info circa 8/25/21.

However, touring cyclists can expect traffic delays, emergency vehicles, closed or stressed services, and other impediments to moving through the area. As such, it is probably best to avoid the area for the time being.

Nathan
ACA

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The ferry is scheduled to resume 8/19, per this announcement: https://m.facebook.com/72048731560/posts/10157929089806561/?sfnsn=mo

Though due to the nature of the closure, this date could be extended.

Nathan
ACA

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8/6/21
Flathead NF has issued an area closure due to the Whitetail Cr. Fire that includes FR 10229 and FR 9719 south of Swan Lake on GD01 Map B. See attached. Here is that order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd937844.pdf

As far as I can tell this information has not been posted on Inciweb. Here is the Whitetail Cr. Fire webpage: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/7767/

Incidentally, these roads happen to be a part of a suggested detour we have posted around an active logging operation. That detour will also apply here and get a rider around the closure area.

Here is that detour: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29920687

And here is the Map Updates and Corrections listing describing the logging detour:

(Apr 2019) Logging activity is beginning along a 23-mile stretch in the Swan River State Forest in spring 2019. It is scheduled to last through 2021. There will be heavy logging traffic and they expect 20-30 trucks coming through daily.

We highly recommend the following detour. Southbound it begins at [F] and rejoins the route at [K]. Though the existing route will be open, State Forest personnel want to minimize any potential conflicts between cyclists and truck traffic. The detour takes cyclists along unpaved roads on the east side of SR 83. It includes a total of 3.2 mi. of riding on SR 83. You can view the detour here: ridewithgps.com/routes/29920687

If you have purchased the digital data or the Bicycle Route Navigator app, the above detour is called "GD01NAlt_D19_2018" for northbound travel and "GD01SAlt_D19_2018" for southbound travel.


Nathan
ACA

 

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Here are two options to reduce miles riding US 93. As of 7/26, these are both open but highly susceptible to change with increased fire activity.

1)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36927290
Begins in Stryker, 17.4 mi. total, over 2000 ft gain. Riding this option avoids 30 mi. of US 93 between Stryker and Whitefish. Only services are a campground at Upper Whitefish Lake (though numerous undesignated sites along the way).

2)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36927342
Begins in Olney, 8.8 mi. total, just under 1000 ft gain. Riding this option avoids 18 mi. of US 93 between Olney and Whitefish. No official services (though numerous undesignated campsites along the way).


Nathan
ACA

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7/22/21
According to MDT, SR 43 continues to be intermittently open and closed due to the Trail Creek (west of Wisdom) and Alder Creek (west of Wise River) fires. It is recommended that cyclists check the following road closures website in advance of passing through the area, or to gauge which detour to take. If you do stay on SR 43, expect smoky conditions. Posted speed limit through both fire areas is 35 mph. Watch for emergency vehicles and reduced visibility.

https://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/alerts.shtml?fbclid=IwAR2Zo7vHJE5OUI_VmuX9R4IXnGo-k4dG-GPvALN2Kp9R8F8-_JFKZ0To_9I

Nathan
ACA

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Closure map is buried in the inciweb link, so attached is the map with routes and roads closed marked. These are susceptible to change as the fire grows. Current as of June 21 2021.

Also, here is a modified RWGPS map link with SB cuesheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36541055

Nathan

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