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Montana DOT has deemed the "Tunnel #9" (mile 4.8 southbound) on the I-15 alternate unsafe and welded steel grates across the tunnel. This makes the I-15 alternate impassable. The options are either to use the Main Route, or to ride I-15 the whole way between Butte and I-15 Exit #151/Junction with Boulder River Rd. See attached map.

The Hay Creek Fire in the whitefish range has closed the red meadow road (FSR 115).
inciweb incident:
closure map:

At this time we recommend using US 93 to get around this section between Eureka and Whitefish. There is a rumor that there is more fire activity on the Upper Whitefish Road, but we do not have any official information yet.

 Between Ranny Road and Pollock Road (3 to 7 miles south of the Riggins area). The road is closed. There's been a rock fall. Expect delays.

Web Comment: US 95 is currently closed from milepost 186 to milepost 190, which is approximately 2.5 miles north of Pollock to 1.5 miles south of Pollock. There is a local detour in place from 6:00AM PDT until 8:00PM PDT (7:00AM MDT until 9:00PM MDT) until further notice. Alternating one way traffic on a gravel road. Expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

More information here:

Due to torrential rains and 2 failed dams, it is likely that riding through this area will be impossible for awhile.

Rockfall mitigation construction project will cause 20 minute delays on SR 4 near milepost 50.

Due to rapidly a rapidly changing fire situation and heavy fire traffic on Highway 279, Highway 279 is closed to bicycle traffic from SR 200 to stemple pass road. see below:

There is a detour on the bike path through Breckenridge due to construction. See attached image for details.

The Peace Bridge between the US and Canada has been closed to bikes during construction. We have heard reports of people having success getting a ride across the bridge in the back of a pickup truck. The alternative would be to utilize a bridge  just north of Niagara Falls.

closure notice:

There is maintenance and construction on the Erie Canal towpath trail between Albion and Sweden. The mud might make it impassable and it could potentially be closed if there is active work ongoing. SR 31 just to the south could be used as a detour.

Starting 6/17/19, there is a bridge replacement project that will impact the trans am route. It is expected to re-open in November 2020. There is a detour that will be in place and there are signs for USBR 76 on the detour.

VA DOT project site:

As of 6/2/19, the Chester Bridge (Illinois SR 150) has been closed to foot and vehicle traffic until further notice due to historic flooding. We'll post more information here as we have it and potential alternate routes. One potential alternate is to take our Great Rivers South route from Farmington, MO, cross the Mississippi in Cape Giradeau, and then rejoin the TransAm just north of Golconda. See attached pdf for alternate route.

News article:
IDOT closure list:

There is ongoing construction on SRA1A/200 between Yulee and O'Neil making this a potentially dangerous stretch of road due to traffic and road conditions. The Jacksonville Airport Access Alternate is a way to avoid this section. Construction is slated to last through Summer 2020.

-Jamie Robertson
Routes and Mapping

There is ongoing chip seal in Grand Teton National Park on Hwy 89 and other roads in the park. See press release below.

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

May 14, 2019             19-24
Grand Teton National Park
PO Box 170
Moose, WY 83012

Denise Germann / 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park Media Release
Pavement Preservation Project Begins in Park this Week
Travelers Should Expect Temporary Delays

MOOSE, WY- Pavement preservation work on U.S. Highway 89 and other areas in Grand Teton National Park may begin Thursday, May 16, and travelers should expect up to 15-minute daytime delays as chip seal activities get underway. Work on U.S. Highway 89 will begin at the park's southern boundary and continue northbound throughout the year, extending to the south gate of Yellowstone National Park. Road work is dependent upon weather and temperature conditions.
The park-wide pavement preservation project is expected to be completed by the end of September. Visitors will see increased construction signage and equipment staging throughout the park.
The project is funded and managed in partnership with the Federal Lands Highway Program. The contract for the project was awarded to Intermountain Slurry Seal of Salt Lake City, Utah. Activities include patching holes and sealing cracks in the pavement surface, applying a chip seal or micro seal on the road surface, followed by a fog seal to reduce airborne gravel. Striping will be the final action.
The chip sealing work is a rolling construction operation that will gradually proceed from south to north on U.S. Highway 89. Visitors can expect temporary delays and reduced speed limits in these mobile construction zones. Work at parking lots will be managed by sections so that a portion of the lot will always be accessible.
Chip sealing is a cost-effective way to provide an improved road surface and preserve the underlying pavement.When proactive preventative maintenance activities are completed on park roads, more serious and costly damage to the pavement structure will be averted.
Road work will generally occur between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends. No work will be permitted Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, or over the Independence Day Holiday, Wednesday afternoon through Sunday, July 3-7.
Weather and temperature permitting, work will occur at the following locations and dates listed:

U.S. Highway 89/191/26
South Boundary to Antelope Flats
Begin mid-May and complete by July
Expect 15-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Expect possible 30-minute delays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. later this summer
Antelope Flats to East Boundary near Moran
Completed by mid-July
Expect 15-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Expect possible 30-minute delays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. later this summer
Moran Junction to south gate of Yellowstone National Park
Begin late August and completed by early September
Expect 30-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Expect possible 30-minute delays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Park Roads
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Parking
Begin May 15 and complete by July
Work will be completed in two phases to allow for visitor parking and access.
Gros Ventre Road (Kelly Road)
Begin late May and complete by July
Expect 15-minute delays
South Jenny Lake Access Road and Parking 
Begin early June and complete by July
Work will be completed in four phases to allow for visitor parking and access.
Colter Bay Entrance Road
Completed by mid-July
Maximum 15-minute delays
Colter Bay Visitor Center Parking
Completed by mid-July
Work will be completed in six phases to allow for visitor parking and access.
Leeks Marina Access Road
Prior to June 15 or after September 15, or completed at night 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Maximum 15-minute delays during daytime hours
Work on the Leeks Marina Access Road and the Colter Bay Entrance Road will not be performed concurrently.

Updated road status and conditions will be available by calling the park road information line at 307-739-3682 and on the park's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In addition to the pavement preservation work, the final phase of emergency repairs related to the June 2017 washout of the Gros Ventre Road will occur late this summer. Work is expected to begin in late July and continue into November. Traffic delays associated with the Gros Ventre Road repair project will be limited to 15 minutes between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The work will focus on realigning the road to restore the original 45 m.p.h. speed limit and replacing the concrete barriers with a guardrail. Additional stream bank armoring will occur upstream and downstream from the work that was completed in the fall of 2017.

There has been a mudslide on SR 20 about 6 miles east of Loup Loup Pass. Currently there is a single lane of traffic controlled by traffic signals. There will likely be a full closure and detour in the future.

More details:

This year-long bridge closure is on the Fleming Park Bridge accessing the east end of Neville Island. This affects Map 1 on the Underground Railroad Pittsburgh Spur. The Section of SR 51 between Turns 'B' and 'D' is not advised due to no shoulders, steep curves, and very short sight lines. Please do not ride this section of SR 51 in lieu of the routing on the map. The Port Authority is running a shuttle across the construction project, but it is a standard school bus and not equipped to carry loaded bicycles. We advise this alternate route to the south:

Article about closure:

To follow the project progress at Allegheny County website see their Current Project page and look for "Neville Township/Stowe Township – Fleming Park Bridge (Neville Road)":

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