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On SR 79 1/2-mile south of Louisiana, the highway is closed due to construction on two bridges. The posted detour by Missouri DOT is about 24 miles. The highway is closed until November 2017.

The cyclists who notified us detoured via US 54 to Bowling Green, then US 61 to Troy. Elevation on their detour was almost flat due to the way US highways are graded. Both highways have wide, paved shoulders so they felt safe on these roads.

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(Sept 2017) The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in August and September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, in the area please consider changing your plans.

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(Sept 2017) The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, in Florida please consider changing your plans.

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The devastation caused by hurricane Irma in August and September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, along the southern portion of the Atlantic Coast Route please consider changing your plans.

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Due to wildfires northeast of Detroit (map 23) Forest Road 46 is closed. Because there is no way around this closure Forest Road 42 (on map 21) is also impacted. From what we can see the best detour is from US 26 on map 21, continue on southeast US 26 to Madras. Take US 97 south through Redmond into Bend. Rejoin the route near Bend on map 25. 

See the Whitewater Fire for info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5420/

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The Kenow Fire is west of Waterton. Parks Canada is actively managing parts of the Kenow Fire that have the potential to impact Waterton Lakes National Park. The fire is primarily in British Columbia but has ignited spot fires in the park at the northwestern boundary near Sage Pass. An evacuation alert is in effect for all of Waterton Lakes National Park.

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed, with the exception of:
-Townsite
-Highway 5/6 including Entrance Road to Townsite
-Chief Mountain Highway

For more information go to https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/securite-safety/feu-fire-kenow

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The Slinkard wildfire has impacted Hwy. 89/Monitor Pass and Hwy. 395 (maps 46 & 47). Here's a link for information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5559/40072/

Presently there are 2 wildfires in Yosemite National Park. Here is information for the Empire fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5475/ and for the Railroad fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/

The Railroad fire has closed Hwy. 41 at the south end of the Park (maps 50 & 51). Keep checking the web pages above for the status of closed roads and closed campgrounds in the Park.

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The Peace Bridge spans the Niagara River between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, ON. The sidewalks will be closed starting August 8,2017 till June 2019 due to construction. A shuttle van is being provided to help cyclists cross, see all the info at: https://gobikebuffalo.org/news/gobike-news/article:07-28-2017-12-00am-peace-bridge-sidewalks-to-close-on-august-8/

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NM Highway 152 over Emory Pass is closed from mile post 22 to mile post 40 due to heavy flooding and debris on the roadway. Traffic must seek an alternate route. Update on August 3: due to continued rainfall, the roadway will remain closed until further notice.

Please check here for further updates: http://nmroads.com/mapIndex_2017041401.html?

Detour eastbound: From Silver City, ride southeast on US 180. The shoulder is rough but rideable with caution. When you reach Deming ride east on I-10. Bicycles should exit I-10 west of Las Cruces at the Correlitos Exit #127 then ride on the north side frontage road. From the frontage road turn left onto Picacho Blvd./US 70, then turn right into N. Fairaces to SR 28 or right onto Motel Blvd to SR 28 to rejoin the route.

Detour westbound: In Las Cruces, from Picacho Blvd./US 70 turn right onto Frontage Road (just before US 70 merges with I-10) and enter I-10 shoulder at Exit 127. Ride west on I-10 until you reach Deming. Ride northwest on US 180 until you reach Silver City to rejoin the route.

There's a Exxon station/convenience store on the frontage road at Exit 127 that's safer for cyclists to use entering/exiting rather than the Luvs Truck Stop at Exit 132.

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The Verdant Creek fire has temporarily closed the route between Castle Junction on map 7 and Radium Hot Springs on map 8. Check this page for updates.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant

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Construction is occurring on the OTH Walkway at the west end in Highland, NY. There is now a temporary path between the construction fencing and a required bicycle DISMOUNT and construction zone WALK BIKE signs.

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The Arrastra Fire is located north of Lincoln along Beaver Creek Rd./FR 4106 and Huckleberry Pass is closed as of July 21. The estimate is that it will be closed for at least 2 weeks. The detour is to ride State Hwy. 200. Some portions of the highway are winding with sharp turns and have minimal shoulders so ride defensively.

For more information see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5390/

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Four bridges are due to be replaced on the Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway (miles 73.5 - 90.3). The road closure is from Monday, July 17 to Monday, August 14.
Southbound detour: At mile 33.3, ride east for 5.4 mi. on State Hwy. 324. Bear right onto dirt/gravel Old Armstead Rd. (This road stays south of the Clark Canyon Reservoir). In 6.0 mi., turn right onto paved Red Rock Rd. N. In 2.8 mi., cross under I-15 and continue south on the frontage road on the east side of I-15. In 13.4 mi., you reach the town of Dell. Cross under I-15 and ride south on the frontage road on the west side of I-15. In 1.5 mi., rejoin the route at mile 90.3.

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Construction will be occurirng to repair and/or replace three bridges on the Historic Columbia River Highway (US 30) between Mosier and The Dalles. Work includes repair of the historic Mosier Creek and Dry Canyon Creek bridges and a complete replacement of the Chenoweth Creek Bridge.

Work will begin in late June. For repair of the Mosier Creek and Dry Canyon bridges, expect single lane closures and delays up to 20 minutes.

The replacement of Chenoweth Creek Bridge, located approximately ¼ mile north of The Dalles City limits, will require a full closure of US 30 at the bridge from August 1 - 21st. Traffic will be detoured via Exit 76, Rowena.
Construction will be complete by the end of November, 2017.

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The Utah DOT has closed Highway 143 between Parowan and Panguitch -
which includes the section traversed by Utah Cliffs.

Details: Fire Affecting Roadway SR 143 between MP 3 and 50 (S of Panguitch) Iron Co.
Closed Both Directions, Use Alt Route
Last Updated: 06/23/17 07:20 PM

A detour is available by continuing on Hwy 14 east from Cedar City to US 89
Then take US 89 north the Hwy 12 turn-off to Bryce.
(Read in reverse for westbound . . .)
You may wish to take a few extra miles to resupply at Panguitch.

Updates: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5253/

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